After completion of the core training, students will be directed to one of two diving professional concentrations:
Diver Medic (Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine)
The Diver Medic concentration prepares students in the medical aspects of diving and advanced training in hyperbaric medicine. Diver medics are respected professionals who perform regular work as divers and, when necessary, respond to medical emergencies on the job. Graduate with a Diver Medic concentration and you will be trained as a Diver Medic Technician, qualified for work as a “tender” and diver medic for underwater job sites inland and offshore. This concentration qualifies you to take both Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) and National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT) exams.
Underwater Inspection Technology (Nondestructive Testing)
The Nondestructive Testing concentration prepares students to conduct a number of advanced underwater inspection and testing techniques important for ensuring the quality of underwater construction. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform a variety of inspections to locate and determine the condition of structures, pipes, and components ranging from steel buildings, subsea pipelines and platforms, to engine parts and components. Students are trained in a variety of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) methods to inspect metals and welds, in particular, as well as non-metallic materials. Students will be trained to American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ANST) Level I and Level II standards in Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Magnetic Particle Testing (MT), Dye Penetrant Testing (PT), and Visual Testing (VT). The NDT program instructs the student on underwater applications and uses of many of these inspection methods including underwater photography and video.
Admission Program Requirements
- Age An applicant must be 18 years or older on or before his or her graduation. Some state and federal agencies require that an individual be 18 years of age to be qualified for licensure or certification.
- Medical Physical Examination The applicant must submit a complete dive physical examination to NUPI as part of their admittance package. This physical examination must be performed by a licensed medical practitioner using the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) guidelines and their approved physical examination forms. The applicant must pass all sections of the physical exam and be within body fat standards according to the ADCI guidelines.
- Drug Policy This commercial diving program has a zero tolerance drug policy. Students will be required to pass a drug screening test at a certified lab as part of the physical examination. During the course, students will be subject to random drug testing and may be tested at any time if a student is su , spected of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
- High School Diploma / GED Applicants must have a high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school with a high school GPA of 2.0 or equivalent GED prior to starting the program. Applicants who have a GED or do not meet the minimum high school GPA of 2.0 will be required to take the ACCUPLACER prior to starting the program. Students who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be admitted under Probationary Admission Status. Please see the Academic Information for Undergraduate Degree Programs section of the University catalog for additional information.
- Dress Code / Personal Protective Equipment The Professional Commercial Diving program requires the use of specific personal protective equipment and garments. Individual courses will have specific requirements.
Useful Program Information
- ACCUPLACER Students not meeting the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for admission will be required to take the ACCUPLACER Mathematics and English evaluation as part of the admissions process. The results of the evaluation are printed immediately and a copy is provided to students. First-time undergraduate students can take the ACCUPLACER evaluation tests once at no charge. Subsequent examinations can be repeated after 14 days for a $5 fee. The ACCUPLACER may be repeated a maximum of three (3) times.
- Divers Log Book It is each student diver’s personal responsibility to maintain an approved Diver’s Log Book. Your future employer uses these logs to verify experience, dives, and academic training for hiring and promotion within the diving industry. The Diver’s Log Book must contain a personal passport-size photo which is embossed to the page. Each student is responsible for keeping the Diver’s Log Book current and accurate. Instructors will verify dives and will sign stamp each entry with the official NUPI stamp.
- International Requirements Many countries have unique regulations for the training of commercial divers . Additional training after graduation may be required if you plan to work internationally. Please check the qualifications, certifications, work permit regulations, and immigration requirements of the particular country being considered. Be aware that foreign immigration laws may restrict or prevent your working overseas. It is highly recommended that students apply for a passport prior to completing the program, and ensure you have the needed immunizations.
- Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC Card) Students enrolled in the Professional Commercial Diving program are required to obtain a TWIC card prior to enrolling in the Dive Operations I course. Students should review the information on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website regarding TWIC card requirements and eligibility. Most students entering the commercial diving industry will be required to have a TWIC card prior to employment. The TSA has strict requirements on the criteria that must be met for TWIC card eligibility. All students are advised to become familiar with the requirements. For more information, go to www.tsa.gov/twic. Note: Students are advised that, due to the nature of the program, class start and end times may be set outside normal University schedules. More information will be provided at the time of orientation.
The core fee represents costs associated with gear, books, and materials supplied by the school and is required to be paid at the beginning of the program. Core Fee: $2,000
Program Learning Outcomes
- Dive and tend using surface supply or SCUBA underwater breathing apparatuses in either air or mixed gas modes to perform underwater tasks safely.
- Perform decompression safely under a variety of situations.
- Apply formulas associated with decompression and medical aspects of diving.
- Assess medical needs of divers and provide appropriate first aid and recompression treatment for diving illnesses.
- Work effectively as a dive team member to achieve goals of a planned diving job and underwater tasks.
- Demonstrate safe operation while working as an outside tender, inside tender, communications operator, and/or log keeper.
- Plan a diving job utilizing all available data.
- Cut and weld steel properly.
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