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    Posted: 17 January 2011 at 21:30
Does anyone have information about jobs and living in Macae, in the petroleum  and gas industry or in allied fields, like english instruction?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ptic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2011 at 17:42
I´ve got little info from what I could gather from Net. I´ve been sending mails to recruiters and received absolutely no feedback whatsoever. The are few (probalby more the ones I don´t know about) american companies present in Macae like Halliburton, Baker Hughes, MI swaco etc. Problem is all of them have got careerts section with lots of jobs available but that will probably get you nowhere. I have had few mails from HR personnel inside halliburton but these people have now switched employers, two of them moved to acergy etc ...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote alandan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2011 at 06:59
Hi Wombat.I live about 30km south of Macae in a town called Rio Das Ostras.
There are certainly plenty of service and support companies in Macae as it is one of the main centres of the oil industry.
Macae has a website and if I recall correctly has a link to the companies that have set up there.
Macae itself is very basic and working class with a reputation locally of being unsafe to live in.
Most people I know work there but prefer to live in Rio Das Ostras(which is one of the fastest growing towns in Brasil).
The downside is that commute times are between 60 to 90 minutes at peak.
Job wise all I can say is that my son spent time going from one company after another handing in his CV and trying to make personal contact(which is important in Brasil) - he got zero response.Thankfully he is now working in Rio, but this was achieved through networking with friends we have.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sven Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2011 at 08:14
Originally posted by alandan alandan wrote:

Thankfully he is now working in Rio, but this was achieved through networking with friends we have.


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Thanks PTIC, Alandan and Sven
The  information is very good you've sent, but wish it could be more positive.  A Brazilian friend of mine paid 3000+ reals to take 3 courses in Macae out of his pocket- radio operator, rig safety, underwater survival, etc, so that he would have at least a few things on his resume- he is down there now looking for work now.
A reasonable pousada to stay where there are other petroleum workers in and out, and is about 150 reals/2 weeks. it is called pousada thambell and can findbe found on the net- I've communicated with them and my friend reports it is ok. IEndereço: Travessa Glicério, 23, Macaé – RJ
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I personally have my resumes on 2 petroleum and gas websites- you can register free and frequently get specific job postings forwarded to me, according to the skills and training I've listed.  Rigzone, has daily new job postings and has a latin american jobs offered you can have sent to you twice a week. Seadrill is the other- both on the net. An australian told me he gets his jobs through them.
all to report for now, send more info, anyone who can.
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Hi - my son completed the same 3 courses and expected that with his fluent English he would get a job straight away.
He applied for several jobs without success.I hope your friend has more luck.The radio operator job also entails staying on the rigs for several weeks at a time - I think you need to have a certain personality for that type of job.
You also need to be able to speak/read Portuguese well to do the courses.
The area around the rodoviaria is okay through the day, but I wouldnt want to walk around there much at night as a gringo
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ptic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2011 at 18:08
The only decent lead I´ve got is with UK company who is looking for service engineers in chemical engineering. I made application before christmas but it seems this isn´t an actual job opening but sort of a market research. Company still hasn´t got information about workload in Brasil. Once they´ve got it they can decide whether is feasible to hire new people or not. Currently I´m still waiting for feedback from them, but I´m pretty sure it won´t end up good for me.
But with regards to brazilian companies I have applied for I haven´t received one single response.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote oil&gas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 January 2011 at 09:14
Thousands of expats are working in the Brazilian offshore. Most of them at sea, but also at the offices in Rio/Macaé/Vitória. Most of them stay here their 4 week shift and then return for 4 weeks leave to their home contries.
There are tens of foreign companies here, and I think skilled people have a good change to find a job, if you live in Brazil with a permanent visa even better.
But you must be experienced, marine engineer, nautical/DPO, drilling specialists etc.
Dont forget the Brazilian laws and the NR-30 want that the employers have at least 75% Brazilian workers on their ships and rigs.
So you dont find expat cooks, oilers or what ever in lower ranks on board. They use their 25% expat quote for the higher ranks.
In 2010 Brazil emited almost 50.000 work visa, big part of it for offshore people.
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Sorry, its the NR-72 resolution ((2006)
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Forgot something
Some companies have teachers on their rigs.
English for the Brazilian crew and Portuguese for expats.
2 weeks on/off scedule.
I'm not sure but think they earn some R$ 1500 p/m.
I know linguage schools like Wise-Up send their teachers to sea.
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