Petroleum Operator

Royal Logistic Corps

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

KEEP THE ARMY MOVING WORLDWIDE

“I HAVE SERVED ALL OVER THE GLOBE. EVERY DEPLOYMENT THERE IS A REQUIREMENT FOR FUEL. WITHOUT IT THE ARMY CAN’T REMAIN MOBILE.”
Tanks, helicopters, boats – every vehicle in the Army needs fuel. As a Petroleum Operator you make sure our troops get the petrol, diesel and oil they need. You work in a Fuel Squadron: a small, highly skilled team that can be attached to the Commando and Airborne Forces. That means you could travel all over the world. Our training teaches you everything you need to know. Later, you gain more qualifications, move up through the ranks and build skills you can use in industry. And all the while, you’ll enjoy an active life, full of sports and Adventurous Training.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
Next, you do a 7 week course at West Moors in Dorset to learn your trade. You are taught how to store and handle fuels, identify hazards and deal with fires and dangerous problems. You start by working with a supervisor and helping trained personnel. Once you’re more skilled, you’ll have more responsibility and will learn how to test and blend fuels. During training, you’ll also learn to drive different types of vehicles.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
Qualifications:

No formal qualifications needed

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • Affiliate Membership of CILT
  • Lvl 3 Apprenticeship Petroleum Operations 
  • Lvl 3 Certificate Logistics, Transport Oil & Gas
  • Get higher level qualifications as you progress.

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“After training, I was posted to Germany and deployed to Iraq where I put my newly acquired skills to good use. In 2011 I deployed to Afghanistan as a mentor to the Afghan Army on petroleum matters. Since then, I have served in both Canada and Kenya. In Kenya I was a Petroleum Laboratory Technician which meant maintaining the quality assurance of all petroleum products and running the fuel accounts. More recently, I have deployed on exercise in Jordan as a subject matter expert on fuel and I am looking forward to my next challenge.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You start with basic training and learn to be a soldier. You spend at least 23 days with your unit and learn all about handling weapons and surviving outdoors.

Step 2
Then it’s onto a 2 week course where you’re trained to be a Petroleum Operator. Later, you can get your Cat C driving licence. We’ll do our best to make sure training fits around your day job.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 6 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: No formal qualifications needed

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Car plus trailer licence (Cat B+E)
  • Category C licence

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 per day once you're a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you're entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

“I originally trained as an Army goods vehicle Driver but an opportunity arose to become a Petroleum Operator. I completed the two-week Petroleum Operator course at the School of Petroleum in Dorset. I learnt how to handle, inspect, store and deliver bulk and packaged petroleum supplies and to refuel military road vehicles, tanks and aircraft in tactical and peacetime situations. I’ve since worked in my new role alongside my Reservist colleagues as well as the Regular Army. I’m now looking forward to a training exercise in Denmark and deploying to Cyprus to support United Nations peace-keeping duties.” – Lance Corporal Dunlop

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

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