Underwater Construction Corporation

Underwater Construction Corporation

Underwater Construction Corporation (UCC) is the leading provider of underwater services to commercial and government facilities. For over forty years, we have delivered unparalleled support to the power generation industry. With our global response capabilities, our 200+ member dive team delivers a myriad of underwater services to a diverse customer base. Our standards of safety, quality and performance are the highest in the industry.

Company details

110 Plains Rd , Essex , Connecticut 06426 USA
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Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Waste Consulting and Engineering
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

UCC specializes in providing underwater services to a diverse customer base. With over 40 years of history behind us, we are one of the most experienced commercial diving contractors in the world.

UCC has the expertise, resources and flexibility to perform large turnkey projects or support small local tasks on a call-out basis. Our goal is to bring the highest degree of professionalism to every job. UCC ‘s customers include:

  • Nuclear, fossil and hydroelectric power generation;
  • Commercial marine shipping;
  • Highway and transportation;
  • Oil, gas and power transmission;
  • Water utilities;
  • Pulp and paper;
  • Municipal, state and federal government;
  • OEMs; and
  • Industrial and manufacturing facilities.

UCC provides basic and specialty services under the general categories of inspection, maintenance, construction and technical support. You will find detailed information as it relates specifically to your industry as you browse our website.

UCC and its staff of over 200 divers, supervisors and project managers operate from three regional locations in Connecticut, Michigan and Tennessee. Our global network of offices and associates includes California, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. UCC sets the standard in safety and innovation for commercial diving services. We maintain an enviable safety record and recognize that safety is a quality of life issue as well an economic imperative.

UCC is a company of firsts:

  • the first nuclear dive;
  • the first safety-related weld repair inside a nuclear reactor vessel;
  • the first to develop and use hand-held underwater plasma arc cutting;
  • the first dry-box tig weld repair; and
  • the first major underwater rehab of a large marine aquarium.

UCC strives to provide innovative, high-quality, cost-effective services that are consistent with our commitment to the safety of our employees and those of our clients.

UCC Core Values: Safety, Quality, Performance and Customer ServiceSafety

At UCC, safety is more than a priority. It is integral to and incorporated naturally into every task. It has become a value that guides the way we think and work.  We closely observe the regulations governing the industry, and take the necessary steps to ensure safety on every project. UCC meets or exceeds the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations (Standards – 29 CFR) Part 1910 Subpart T – Commercial Diving Operations and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) “Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving Operations.”  All UCC divers are trained and certified as commercial divers and maintain current first aid and CPR certifications.

In addition, UCC has developed a detailed safe practices manual and conducts extensive training for project managers, foremen and supervisors to ensure that work is performed safely.  Beyond that, specialized training is provided in techniques such a deep diving, underwater welding and contaminated water diving procedures.

Quality Assurance

Quality is essential to the success of every project, but at UCC, we believe that quality takes more than just implementing a program.  To make a difference, good quality practices must be embraced by senior management and embedded in the organization’s culture.

UCC maintains a quality assurance program that meets the requirements of 10 CFR 50 Appendix B, N-QA1, ANSI N45.2.  UCC is a participating member of the Nuclear Industry Assessment Committee (NIAC) audit program, which is similar to the joint audit program operated by utilities through the Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC).  We are also audited periodically by NUPIC.

Although our QA program is specific to the nuclear industry, we use its principles to guide our approach to all work. UCC is also currently pursuing ISO 9001 certification. You will find that our attitudes about quality are unique in the commercial diving industry.

Performance and Customer Service

UCC believes that performance and customer service are closely aligned.  Safety and quality assurance lead to good performance, but it doesn’t stop there. UCC is dedicated to assisting our customers in meeting their performance goals.  We understand that in the end, our mutual success comes down to your bottom line.  Our performance must help you to meet your financial as well as production, quality and safety goals.  Our commitment to you is twofold – exceed expectations with no surprises.