Hi everyone. I'm 17 years old and have some questions about the welding trade. I weld a lot in my auto body class, and my teacher noticed i have a knack for welding and a steady hand. He's a cool guy and started some small talk with me about shipyard welding and underwater welding, and mentioned how much they get paid. I am not a person who enjoys sitting around all day and want to do stuff with my hands, but I'm fairly smart as well (not trying to sound conceded) and don't want a job that will render me braindead. welding seems like a good fit.
How much do underwater welders and shipyard welders make? is it based on salaries or hourly rates? I googled some stuff but it was mostly dumbass help-article websites, so i figure i should take the apple from the horses mouth and actually ask people who are in the industry. What are some good schools to go to for underwater/shipyard welding? are internships or apprenticeships neccessary? What are some companies to look into for apprenticeships or interns?
Also, i know an underwater welder personally and he lives on-rig making absolute bank, and seems to lead a interesting life so that sparked some of the curiousity as well
thanks for reading, i know it was a long post. have a good one and happy welding.