Excerpted from the Brazil Career Guide
Brazil is one of the world’s engineering hotspots. Driven by huge projects, engineering salaries have seen significant increases in the past year. However, in Brazil, it is the local salaries that have shown the largest growth, while salaries for imported talent have remained relatively steady, according to global recruiter Hays, which notes the Brazilian government is pursuing ambitious plans “to develop the deep water pre-salt fields with multi-billion dollar investments.”
The 2014 soccer World Cup, the 2016 summer Olympics and other international games to be hosted by Brazil over the next few years will generate numerous engineering, construction and architecture opportunities in the 12 cities hosting games.
Areas of Job Promise
In addition to electric/electronic, civil and mechanical engineers, important engineering specialties in Brazil include agronomic, aeronautic, navy, mining and environmental engineers. Recent graduates with practical experience are often hired for these specialties. The number of foreign engineers in Brazil is also growing in response to these shortages.
Oil and gas: Brazil’s oil and gas sector is a major recruiter of engineers, and professionals with relevant experience are in great demand.
Naval construction: Recruiting is on the rise for professionals with experience in naval construction and commissioning, however the requirements are very high.
Logistics: This is a great time for logistics professionals, according to Hays. These professionals have the opportunity to work on the expansion and construction of airports and the expansion of ports.
Organizations and Trade Associations
Federação Brasileira de Associações de Engenheiros (FEBRAE)
Brazilian Federation of the Association of Engineers
FEBRAE, the Brazilian Federation of the Association of Engineers, is an umbrella organization uniting more than 80 member associations throughout the country. Its mission is to represent these associations before international engineering organizations and foreign governments. FEBRAE’s activities include consultancy and coordination for member associates, recommendation and coordination of research, sponsorship of congresses, meetings of association directors and conferences, and the perfecting of teaching methods for engineering subjects. The FEBRAE website offers a list of all of the engineering associations in the country, with contact information for each one. Engineering areas represented by FEBRAE include civil (civil construction, structure, transport and sanitation); electrical (generation, transmission and distribution, automation and control, computing and telecommunications); mechanical (industrial and automotive); mining and metallurgic (extraction and transformation); chemical; food and fisheries; aeronautical; naval; textile; forestry; sanitary and environmental; and safety.
Av. Rio Branco, 124 / 20º pavimento
Rio de Janeiro – RJ
CEP 20040 - 001
Tel: (21) 2507-8017
Fax: (21) 2509-3742
Federação Nacional dos Engenheiros (FNE)
FNE, the National Federation of Engineers (Federação Nacional dos Engenheiros), based in Brasília, is an autonomous, non-profit, civil entity whose mission is to coordinate, represent and protect the sector by bringing together 18 engineering unions across 18 states, representing engineers from diverse sectors.
SDS Bloco D Ed. Eldorado salas 106/109
Brasília – DF
Tel: +55 (61) 3225-2288
The magazine Revista Engenharia has been in circulation since 1942 and has nationwide circulation. Target readership includes top management of state, semi-state and private companies in the engineering sector, as well as researchers and consultants. It deals with issues relevant to the following fields: mechanical, sanitary, transport, electrical, telecommunications, energy, chemical, mining and metallurgy, agronomy and information engineering.
Rua Alice de Castro, 47
São Paulo – SP
Tel: +55 (11) 5575-8155
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the Brazil Guide.