"Underwater Wet Welding
- A Welder's Mate"
by David J. Keats
The definitive guide for the underwater welder
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Weldcraft-Pro is owned and run by David Keats (former MD of Speciality Welds Ltd). Our headquarters are at
David Keats, owner and welding engineer for Weldcraft-Pro, has been involved in the welding industry since 1975, having initially been a welder for a structural engineering company, but he has also worked in the following industries:
- Pressure vessels
- Process pipe work
- Chemical tanks
- Glass moulding
- Structural steel and bridges
- Lifting & HGV Trailer equipment
- Marine (civil)
In the early 80’s David gained qualifications in NDT; including WI, UT, MPI and DP inspector.
In 1983 David qualified as an HSE Part 1 commercial diver and was involved with many wet and dry hyperbaric welding, both offshore in the North Sea, Middle/Far East and also within the UK's civil engineering sectors.
In 1987 David set up 'Hydromech Technical Services Ltd.' A company providing welding, inspection and welder training services. In 1988 he qualified as an instructor with STA College and completed other TWI technical welding qualifications. In 1990 he wrote his first book 'The Professional Divers Manual on Wet Welding', published by Woodhead Publishing.
In 1991 David introduced the UK's first National qualification in underwater welding, through The Marine & Engineering Training Association and began offering training both in the UK and overseas. In 1994 HTS became an approved M&ETA assessment centre.
David continuing with his studies and in 1992 and qualified as an International/European welding technologist and received his Diploma in welding engineering and technology from TWI.
In 1997 he gained a ONC and HNC Certificate in metals technology from Bradford & Ilkley College.
In 1998 David opened the AMTC Underwater Centre in Perth WA, working with the TAFF and Core Technical Services
In 2000 David qualified as a CSWIP Senior Welding Inspector.
In 2002, David started Speciality Welds Ltd
In 2003, David was appointed committee member to the BSi /ISO underwater welding group. In November 2003 David was Winner of the DTI 'Smart Award', for a new underwater welding process called Hammerhead wet-spot welding.
In 2004 he published a new book, entitled 'A Welder’s Mate', published by Troubador.
In 2005 David became an accredited welding surveyor for Zurich Engineering Risk Services, part of the Zurich Insurance Group.
In 2006 he submitted a Chartered Engineer status thesis to TWI.
In 2007 David was Winner of the Subsea Achievement Award for Innovation.
To date, David has spent over 35 years in the welding industries and throughout his career, David has designed, developed and manufactured the following underwater products;
- Barracuda Gold underwater wet welding electrode
- Hammerhead - wet-spot welding system (Patent # GB 2397790)
- Piranha- approved welding & cutting safety control system
- Stinger- underwater welding electrode holder. (Patent pen)
- Swordfish - underwater arc-cutting electrode
David continues to work within the industry, working on research and development for improvements to underwater wet welding.
Through our centre approval status, Speciality Enterprises / Weldcraftpro is accredited through Zurich Laboratories to witness permanent joining activities. Zurich Laboratories are an approved UKAS type ‘A’ inspection body.
Speciality Enterprises/Weldcraftpro is a recognised EAL test Center.