Working in the Army as a Petroleum Supply specialist is a demanding, physical job. You will work to supply fuel for any of the vehicles or equipment in the Army Arsenal. Nearly everything that the Army uses runs on some sort of fuel, whether it is gasoline, diesel, kerosene, or JP4 or JP5 jet fuel. Army Tanks, Trucks, Watercraft, and Aviation helicopters all run on petroleum based fuels, and the need for trained highly specialized personnel to run fueling depots, fueling stations and fueling equipment is very high.
Each of these types of equipment needs a constant supply of fuel, and it is the Army enlisted Petroleum supply technician whose job it is to make sure that there is a constant and consistent supply. Being trained as a Supply technician in the United States Army allows you to deal with all different types of fuels including compressed gases, liquefied petroleum and liquid propane. Each of the different variations of fuel calls for a different set of protocols and methods to deal with them. The Petroleum Army enlisted Fuel Specialist deals with managing and supervising the reception, shipping and storage of bulk and packaged petroleum bulk products.
Serving as an Army Petroleum enlisted supply technician will include duties such as: testing oil and fuel for pollutants, dispensing bulk water, fuel and other storage liquids from storage and distribution sites, observing and preparing strict emergency safety and storage protocols, storage and moving of petroleum products that are packaged, repairing and maintaining valves, pumps, and lines, connecting hoses, pumps and valves to fuel and load tanker trucks, cars, railcars and ships, and other general petroleum handling chores.
For training you will attend basic combat training that lasts 9 weeks, where you will be shown what you have to do for Army enlistment service. After Boot camp you will go to Petroleum Supply advanced training. You will attend 8 weeks or more of specialist training, where you will learn about all the different types of fuels you will be handling. Learning how to operate the equipment and machinery that cares for an processes petroleum products is only half the story, learning the basics about each type of fuel is also part of the process.