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Traylor Bros., Inc. Commercial Diver / Tender (Continuous Posting) in Detroit, Michigan

Why join Ballard Marine Construction?

Ballard Marine Construction is a specialty marine and underwater contractor based in Washougal, WA, with regional offices and projects throughout North America. Our experience enables us to adapt quickly to unique problems and resolve potentially costly situations for our clients. In addition, we have the proven ability to customize systems and management teams for individual projects.

Employees are an integral part of ensuring our success, and as such, our staff is required to meet the highest expectations. We take pride in our renowned safety standards and require employees to utilize safe work practices always. We count on our employees to perform in fast-paced environments while still satisfying customer needs and maintaining effective working relationships. The ability to proactively identify issues and offer innovative solutions is also expected from our employees. We are committed to our employees and, in turn, expect our employees to contribute to the success of Ballard.


Job Summary:

The Commercial Diver / Tender’s prime responsibility is to support construction activities by performing work as directed by the Project Manager / Diver Supervisor.

Position will support the Mid-West Division, with offices in Frankfort, Illinois; Neenah, Wisconsin; and Detroit, Michigan. This posting is targeting recruitment for the Detroit, Michigan location.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Equipment set-up and breakdown

  • Equipment load-out and maintenance

  • Jetting / Dredging

  • Dive tending

  • Rack box operation

  • In-water work assignments

  • Decompression chamber operations

  • Inspection with video documentation

  • Burning / welding operation (wet or dry)

  • Hand and power tool operation

  • Pneumatic / hydraulic tool operation (wet or dry)

  • Percussion tool operation (wet or dry)

  • Saws and other cutting tools (wet or dry)

  • Crane rigging and signaling (wet or dry)

  • Placing flags or barricades

  • Equipment spotting

  • Salvage or environmental operations

  • Topside construction activities, hand digging, heavy lifting, basic carpentry

  • Additional duties as directed


  • You must be able to provide the following certifications/documents PRIOR to being cleared to start work! (Start gathering this information now!)

  • ADCI/IMCA Certification

  • First Aid Certification

  • ADCI Annual Physical Examination

  • Hands-on CPR/AED Certification

  • Dive School Diploma (

  • TWIC Card

  • Dive School Transcripts (

  • Annual Dive Helmet Inspection (if owned)

  • Oxygen Administration Certifications

  • Annual First Stage/Whips Insp (if owned)

  • Valid Driver’s License / Current MVR

  • Bailout VIP/Hydro (if owned)

  • The following certifications/documents are Highly recommended and will be requested.

  • OSHA 10/30hr Construction Training

  • Dive/Intervention Logs (as proof of experience)

  • Rigger & Signal Person Certification

  • NASBLA Safe Boater’s Card

  • EMT-B/DMT-A Certification

  • Confined Space Entrant/Attendant Cert

  • NCCO Boom Truck Operator

  • AWS Welding Certification

  • ADCI/IMCA LST-A/LST Certification

  • 40hr HAZWOPER/8hr Refresher Cert

  • Nitrox Dive Certification (if not a gas/sat diver)

  • Class A Commercial Driver’s License & current DOT Physical (recommended within the first 6 months)

Note: Not having or maintaining some or all the certifications listed above may limit the types of projects that we can assign you to and may impact how often you are assigned work. HAZWOPER certifications are required for all personnel who will or may perform spill or environmental response, salvage operations, fuel lightering, etc.

Physical Abilities & Skills Needed:

  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Must have common sense and be mentally stable and competent working in a fast-paced environment.

  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self and others.

  • Must be committed to contributing to a culture of safety, looking out for yourself and others.

  • Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  • Move heavy objects (94 lbs. or more) short distances (20’ of less).

  • Move light objects (less than 94 lbs.) long distances (more than 20’).

  • Work long shifts with non-standard break times.

  • Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements.

  • Learn job-related material primarily through oral instruction and observation, which takes place mainly in an on-the-job training setting.

  • Must have good hand-eye coordination.

  • Must be able to hear adequately enough to receive and understand instructions, be alerted by horns, sirens, shouting, or any other noise that is meant to convey a safety warning.

  • Lift arms above shoulder level (i.e. lifts items into a truck or overhead area).

  • Climb ladders or steps to reach objects.

  • Must be able to work in confined or enclosed spaces.

  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.

  • Must be able to wear a hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, safety-toed boots, or other applicable PPE.

  • Must be able to walk moderated distances to reach work area (1/2 mile or more).

  • Must be able to sit in the operator’s seat of equipment and reach all pedals, switches, levers, buttons, etc., required to safely operate the equipment.

  • Must be able to sit in the operator’s seat of equipment and have an adequate field of vision of all instruments, gauges, warning lights, as well as an acceptable field of vision out of the windows/mirrors.

  • Heavy equipment operation (if qualified).

  • Ability to read and follow dive tables (air and nitrox), altitude tables, treatment tables, etc.

  • Ability to check and maintain diving equipment such as helmets, masks, air tanks, harness and gauges.

  • Ability to clearly communicate with workers on the surface while underwater and with divers while you are running a dive station.

  • Ability to cut and weld steel, using underwater welding / burning equipment, jigs, and supports.

  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and the appropriate tools to construct objects, structures, dams, etc.

  • Be a contributing member of crews who will complete daily Job Hazard Analysis of every task that you are involved in throughout the work shift.

  • Work with other divers, tenders, and Ballard personnel to plan for safe operations for commercial diving activities and other construction activities that occur throughout a project.

  • Ability to travel and work for many weeks at a time away from home.

  • Must have a positive attitude and willingness to learn, including good communication skills.

  • Must have own commercial dive gear including (if diving):

  • Dry Suit, Weight Belt, Gloves, Thermals, Wet Suit, Dive Knife, 5 Point Harness with Leg Straps, and Bail-Out Bottle & Regulators (with Spares).

  • Additional gear required based on area: Dive Helmet, Hot Water Suit.

  • Must be able to work at heights of up to 50’ or more.

Working Environment:

Work is generally performed in the field environment with various weather and field conditions. Lifting and pulling is required. Employee may be subject to bloodborne pathogens, varying weather conditions, varying walking and working surfaces and conditions, cleaners, and chemicals.

EEO Statement:

Ballard Marine Construction, LLC. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status. A reasonable accommodation will be considered for qualified individuals with a disability if it does not create an undue hardship for the Company, consistent with the ADA as amended.

Job Type: Craft / Union

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