Ships, airplanes, trucks, tanks, and other military vehicles require large amounts of fuel and lubricants. These and
other petroleum products require special storage and handling. Petroleum supply specialists store, handle, and ship
petroleum products, such as oil, fuel, compressed gas, and lubricants.
What They Do
Petroleum supply specialists in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
- Connect hoses and valves and operate pumps to load petroleum products into tanker trucks, airplanes, ships, and railroad cars
- Test oils and fuels for pollutants
- Repair pipeline systems, hoses, valves, and pumps
- Check the volume and temperature of petroleum and gases in tankers, barges, and storage tanks
- Prepare storage and shipping records
- Store and move packaged petroleum products using forklifts
Helpful school subjects include shop mechanics and business math. Helpful attributes include:
- Ability to follow spoken instructions
- Interest in working with machines and equipment
- Preference for physical work
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in using petroleum pumping equipment. Further
training occurs on the job and through advanced courses.
Course content typically includes:
- Testing oil and fuels
- Operating airplane refueling systems and equipment
- Operating pumps, pipelines, and tanker equipment
- Planning and scheduling petroleum transport
- Safety regulations and procedures for handling dangerous materials
Petroleum supply specialists work outdoors in all types of weather while filling storage tanks and refueling airplanes,
ships, and tankers.
Civilian petroleum supply specialists work for oil refineries, pipeline companies, and tanker truck and ship lines.
may also refuel airplanes at large airports. They perform many of the same duties as military petroleum supply