Profession underwater construction supervisor

Underwater construction supervisors monitor underwater construction projects such as tunnels, canal locks and bridge pillars. They guide and instruct construction commercial divers and make sure they adhere to safety regulations.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Diving vessels systems

    The characteristics, functioning and way of working with dynamic positioning systems, construction barges and dive support vessels.

  • Diving operation requirements

    The operational plan and the contingency plan for the diving operation, the diving equipment to be used in the diving operation, the diving signals to be used in the diving operation, the in-water decompression procedures to be used in the diving operation, and any emergency procedures that might have to be used in the diving operation.

  • Diving equipment

    Equipment used for a dive, including wetsuits and drysuits, helmets, scuba equipment and any umbilical equipment which provides the connection with the surface.

  • Quality assurance procedures

    The procedures to inspect a product or system to ensure that it is according to specifications and requirements.

Skills

  • Comply with legal requirements for diving operations

    Ensure that diving operations comply with legal requirements.

  • Plan resource allocation

    Plan future needs of various resources such as time, money and specific process resources.

  • Prevent damage to utility infrastructure

    Consult utility companies or plans on the location of any utility infrastructure that may interfere with a project or be damaged by it. Take the necessary steps to avoid damage.

  • Manage health and safety standards

    Oversee all personnel and processes to comply with health, safety and hygiene standards. Communicate and support alignment of these requirements with the company's health and safety programmes.

  • Inspect construction sites

    Ensure health and safety during the construction project by inspecting the construction site regularly. Identify risks of putting people in danger or of damaging construction equipment.

  • Coordinate construction activities

    Coordinate the activities of several construction workers or crews to make sure they do not interfere with each other and to ensure that the works are done in a timely manner. Keep up to date on the progress of the teams and update the schedule if called for.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Interrupt diving operations when necessary

    Terminate or interrupt the diving operation if you judge that continuing the operation is likely to endanger the health or safety of any person involved.

  • Comply with the planned time for the depth of the dive

    Ensure that a diver returns from a given depth after the planned time limit has expired.

  • Secure working area

    Secure the operation site fixing boundaries, restricting access, placing signs and taking other measures in order to guarantee public and staff safety.

  • React to events in time-critical environments

    Monitor the situation around you and anticipate. Be ready to take quick and appropriate action in case of unexpected events.

  • Process incoming construction supplies

    Receive incoming construction supplies, handle the transaction and enter the supplies into any internal administration system.

  • Work in a construction team

    Work as part of a team in a construction project. Communicate efficiently, sharing information with team members and reporting to supervisors. Follow instructions and adapt to changes in a flexible manner.

  • Check diving equipment

    Check diving equipment for valid certification to ensure its suitability. Ensure that any diving equipment is examined by a competent person before use, at least once on each day on which it is to be used. Ensure that it is adequately tested and repaired.

  • Supervise staff

    Oversee the selection, training, performance and motivation of staff.

  • Ensure compliance with construction project deadline

    Plan, schedule and monitor the building processes in order to ensure completion of the project by the set deadline.

  • Implement dive plans

    Implement dive plans, working with the client, vessel teams and marine superintendents.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Ensure health and safety of dive teams

    Monitor the safety of the dive teams. Ensure that the operation is carried out from a safe, suitable location as per diving operation manual. When necessary, decide whether it is safe to proceed with the dive.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Ensure diving operations conform with plan

    Ensure that the dive adheres to the operational plan and the contingency plan.

  • Evaluate employees work

    Evaluate the need for labour for the work ahead. Evaluate the performance of the team of workers and inform superiors. Encourage and support the employees in learning, teach them techniques and check the application to ensure product quality and labour productivity.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform diving interventions position anchor poles recruit employees order construction supplies machinery load capacity perform underwater bridge inspection rig loads recognise signs of corrosion construction product regulation display warnings around dive site dive with scuba equipment inspect concrete structures position dredger cost management monitor stock level measure water depth transport construction supplies inspect offshore constructions train employees construct dams inspect pipelines maintain diving equipment report defective manufacturing materials provide first aid calculate needs for construction supplies critique the dive with the dive team construct canal locks provide technical expertise