Petroleum Operator

Royal Logistic Corps

At a glance

  • Featured
  • Soldier
  • logistics

Be our expert on fuel and keep Army vehicles moving.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsNo formal qualifications needed
Petroleum Operators

As a fuel expert, I build & operate fuel sites to resupply the forces.


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.

The Royal Logistic Corps are the Army’s professional logisticians keeping the Field Army marching, its helicopters flying, its vehicles moving and its tanks and guns firing. We enable its deployment and supply it with everything it needs, wherever it operates, throughout the world.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Learn the Health and Safety aspects of petroleum products, prevention of fire and environmental discipline.

  • You will work in a Fuel Squadron - a small unit attached to the Commando and Airborne Forces.

  • You could be deployed worldwide– wherever the British Army has a presence.

  • Earn Category B, C and C+E Driving Licences, as well as your Forklift Licence. Gain experience of transporting Hazardous Goods.

  • Complete Hazmat Licences and undertake Authorised Person Petroleum and Dangerous Goods Consignor training.

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petroleum operator

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    No formal qualifications needed

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6

    Army Reserve standards

    • Mid Thigh Pull: 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw: 2m 70cm

    • MSFT (beep test): Level 5 shuttle 8

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which teaches you how to be a soldier, covering everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.

  • If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years and 6 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.

  • If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years and 6 months), 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
Next you will 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 will also earn your Category B and C+E licenses at the defence school of transport Leconfield. 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.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Level 2 Large goods vehicle (LGV) driver C + E Apprenticeship

  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics and 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 & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

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.

More about the joining process

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