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The need for scuba equipment repair techs

Discussion in 'Seeking Employment' started by Timmyjoe, May 5, 2014.

  1. Timmyjoe

    Timmyjoe Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Chicago, Northwest Suburbs
    Just wanted to throw this out there. What is the need in the scuba industry for scuba equipment repair techs. With a degree in mechanical engineering, and years of experience in small mechanism design, fabrication and service, I'm looking to change direction. For the last decade I have been servicing Arriflex Motion Picture Cameras, but that business is drying up with so many productions going digital.

    So is there a need in the dive shop end of the business for service technicians, folks to rebuild/service regulators and other dive equipment?

    Thanks for any and all input.

  2. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kentucky
    Oops didn't read the post properly.
    Last edited: May 5, 2014
  3. j2s

    j2s Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives:
    Location: florida
    There's a definite need for EXPERT, HIGH QUALITY, CONSCIENTIOUS tech's.......Unfortunately LDS's won't pay them what they should......
    Jim Lapenta, Timmyjoe and Just_Me like this.
  4. mjrob

    mjrob Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Omaha, NE USA
    Yes, there is. I could use a couple right now and you definitely have the mindset to be an excellent tech. It might not make you rich, but there are some side benefits. PM me if you'd like to talk.
  5. akdeepdiver

    akdeepdiver Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Iowa Park, TX
    To bad your not in Little Rock, AR. I am moving there in Jul and am looking for a Tech position.
    I am factory trained in the following regs, and come with my own tools:

    OTS Guardian Masks
    HOG Service Tech Instructor
    Edge Service Tech Instructor
    Spare Air
    XS Scuba
    Draeger SCBA and Rebreather
    PSI VIP Instructor
    PSI O2 Cleaning Tech Instructor
    PSI Valve technician Instructor
    PSI Eddy Current Technician Instructor
    PADI Divemaster
    PADI TechRec Gas Blender - Trimix

    Additionally, I have run two successful Hydro shops.

  6. Diver0001

    Diver0001 Instructor, Scuba

    I think if you're interested in doing this that you should do it right and start your own business. I think that a "shared service" operation that would allow dive shops to out-source regulator servicing is something that could fly.

    You can sell your services to the general public via the cloud/social-media AND to dive shops. Not only are *competent* techs needed (many are not) but there is a lot of customization and DIY work being done out there and you may very well find a viable market for publishing DIY builds for things like lights and scooters and assisting hobbyists with the realization in addition to training.

    I don't know if you can make much money at it, but I would say that the niche is definitely there.


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