Petroleum Operator

Royal Logistic Corps

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

COULD YOU PROVIDE ESSENTIAL FUEL SUPPLIES TO KEEP THE BRITISH ARMY MOVING?

AS PETROLEUM OPERATORS, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEPLOYMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF MILITARY FUEL SITES WHICH PROVIDE VITAL PETROLEUM SERVICES TO THE ARMY AND DEFENCE.

Military tanks, helicopters, sea vessels - every vehicle in the Army needs fuel. As a Petroleum Operator, you will work in a Fuel Squadron and make sure our troops get the petrol, diesel and oil they need. Your training will teach you everything you need to know and later on you can gain further qualifications, progress up through the ranks and build skills you can use in industry.

There are opportunities to conduct work experience packages with industry companies to gain an understanding of working with industry fuel systems and equipment.

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 handling 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 will undertake your 15-week Combat Logistician course at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield. During this, you will earn your Category C+E Driving Licence and study general service driver modules. This training also gives you the opportunity to gain a broader knowledge on the Royal Logistic Corps functions and roles.

Step 3
Then you attend a 7-week course at Worthy Down Camp in Winchester to complete the Petroleum Bulk Fuel Installation Operator qualification. You are taught how to store and handle fuels, identify hazards and deal with fires and environmental issues. You start by working with a supervisor to gain experience, once you’re more skilled, you’ll have more responsibility and will learn how to test and blend fuels.

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 LGV Driver Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship Petroleum Operations
  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • Level 3 Certificate Logistics, Transport Oil and Gas
  • National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH)
  • Transferable credits towards some Degree Programmes with appointed Universities
  • Level 3/4 Diploma in Team Management

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

"After training, I was posted to Germany and deployed to Afghanistan where I put my newly acquired skills to good use. In 2015, I deployed to the Falkland Islands as a Fuel Depot Operator working on the main storage facility. I worked both onshore and offshore - completing bulk fuel transfers to Navy vessels and resupply to the Island. I was by then a trained Petroleum Laboratory Technician which meant maintaining the quality of all petroleum products and identifying any irregularities. More recently, I deployed on exercise in Kenya as a subject matter expert on fuel matters, I am now 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

You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier. You will spend at least 23 days with your Unit and learn about handling weapons and surviving outdoors.

Then it’s onto a 2-week course where you’re trained to be a Petroleum Operator. Later on, you can earn your Category C Driving Licence. We’ll do our best to make sure your training fits around your day job.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 42 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

  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH)
  • Transferable credits towards some Degree Programmes with appointed Universities
  • Level 3-4 Diploma in Team Management

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a daily rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training. Once you’re a Private soldier, you will earn £50.21 a day. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all your annual training days, you're entitled to a tax-free lump sum.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

"I originally tried to work in the fuel industry straight from college. This proved difficult as I had no experience in this sector which the employer required. An opportunity arose to become a Petroleum Operator. I completed the two-week Petroleum Operator course at the School of Petroleum. 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."

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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