English speaking foreigners could take advantage in getting jobs in the oil and gas industry in Brazil

The scenario is very promising. Together with the Petrochemical Complex of Rio de Janeiro (Comperj) and the pre-salt exploration, investment in oil and gas sector are a thriving sea of ​​opportunities in Brazil. The expectation, according to the Mobilization Program of the National Oil and Natural Gas Industry (Prominp), is that in five years, more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs related to oil will be created in the country. Best of all, at all levels: secondary, technical and higher education.

At the technical level, English has become essential, and this is a good advantage for foreigners.

The CEO for Petra Executive Search, a consulting firm specializing in recruiting for the industry – Adriano Bravo highlights the gap of labor has spread throughout the production chain:

– Some gaps become more evident as the movement of the market. But it is expected to remain high in the majors for the offshore industry, namely shipbuilding, drilling and well testing, and exploratory research, such as areas of geology and geophysics.

Created in 2003, Prominp acts in the training of professionals focused on the demand generated by companies providing goods and services to the petroleum industry. The program, says the executive coordinator José Renato Ferreira de Almeida, has already mapped the 25 sectors that require a broad profile of professionals, and 185 categories, which include the basic level to the top:

– We have structured courses for each of these categories, a total investment of $ 230 million. We hope to train 250 000 people across the country by 2015.

Director of Petrocenter – the first private vocational school specializing in oil and gas in the State of Rio – Samuel Pinheiro points out that mid-level professionals already total 65% of the employees of the oil and gas. An index of employability far above the traditional sectors of the economy:

– The deficiency in the operational area is huge. To get an idea, we even face difficulties in recruiting teachers. Wages are inflated due to the competition.

Pinheiro says that, even at the technical level, English speaking has become as essential as the background:

– Who has not mastered the language in Brazil, will not have a chance. Communication is all in English, as well as agreements made with multinationals, equipment, regulations.

The positive expectations resulted in the debut of Ibmec in engineering production. The undergraduate course, includes disciplines related to oil, gas, biofuel and alternative energy such as wind and solar.

At PUC-Rio, another brazilian university, the students – undergraduate, masters and doctorate – have laboratories equipped with cutting edge technology to put into practice the theory learned in class. In the current Scientific Technical Center (CTC), the University began nearly three years, the construction of the Regional Center of Competence in Oil and Gas. This is a building constructed with support from Petrobras to become a pole of development research and technological solutions.

Who has experience in the industry can opt for a MBA course. The FGV(Fundacao Getulio Vargas), for example, offers the “Energy business.” According to the course coordinator, Joaquim Rubens, the idea is to prepare specialists to be able to understand the energy matrix and not just oil.

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Joe Cloud
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.