Everything that moves that is a piece of equipment in the Army arsenal has something that powers it, and most things run on some sort of petroleum fuel. As an Army Petroleum Specialist you will be assigned to deal with the proper supply and storage of petroleum based fuels. Trucks, Tanks, Aircraft, and Watercraft as well as other Army vehicles are powered on oil and gas, and other specialty fuels. They can’t run without a supply of fuel, and the training needed to care and properly deal with these fuels is what an Army Petroleum Supply specialist is all about. Petroleum Supply Specialists in the Army deal with all types of fuels including compressed gases. Each different type of fuel requires a different type of storage to care for it properly. The Army Petroleum Fuel specialist deals with supervising and managing the storage, reception and shipping of packaged and bulk petroleum based products.
As an Army Enlisted Petroleum Supply specialist you will be responsible for:
-Dispensing bulk fuel and water from distribution and storage container sites.
-Testing Fuel and Oil for pollutants.
-Preparing shipping and storage records.
-Moving and storage of petroleum products that are packaged using forklifts.
-Connecting valves, hoses and pumps to load airplanes, tanker trucks railroad cars and ships.
-Performing water and petroleum product accounting duties.
-Observing strict safety protocols in moving and storage of all petroleum products.
-Maintaining and repairing pipeline systems, valves, lines and pumps.
After boot camp you will progress to individual basic advanced school for Petroleum Supply training. You will undergo eight or more weeks of petroleum specialist training school training, where you will learn about: Fuels and oils, operating airplane refueling systems, handling dangerous materials, operating pumps, tankers and pipeline equipment, and procedures to test and evaluate different fuels and proper care and handling of different types of fuels. If you have an interest in working with heavy equipment and fueling machinery, can follow written and spoken instructions accurately, and have an interest in shop mechanics then this can be a productive job specialty for you. This is a dangerous job but with the proper training then nearly anyone can deal with fuel safely and without harm.
There are programs that offer apprenticeship training in this field to earn credit while on the job in your military duty.