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Fuels Specialist


Minimum Education Requirement:
high school diploma or GED with 15 college credits


high school graduategeneralmechanicalenlistedlogistics & transportationground vehiclesfuel & propulsion systems

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Fuels Specialist

Career Description

Fuel is the lifeblood of all aircraft, and as a Fuels Specialist, it's your responsibility to make sure our helicopters and planes always have their fill. The work of a Fuels Specialist doesn't solely focus on fueling, though. Your responsibilities will include receiving, storing and tracking all petroleum products for use in Air Force vehicles and aircraft. Of course, standing on the flight line pumping thousands of gallons of jet fuel into an F-16 about to head out on a mission could be the most important part of your job.

Career Tasks

  • Operate equipment used in the storage and transfer of petroleum products used in the Air Force today
  • Receive, store and issue petroleum products purchased for use in Air Force vehicles, aircraft and support equipment used on the flight line and throughout the base
  • Refuel aircraft on the flight line with various types of mobile refueling equipment
  • Drive refueling vehicles on the flight line and perform the actual refueling of all types of aircraft assigned to that base
  • Responsible for the fuels control center, where all requests for fuel are received, and the operator maintenance of refueling vehicles and flight line hydrant systems
  • Maintain the bulk storage facility where millions of gallons of fuel are stored, issued and received daily

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Electronics
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry


After eight and a half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Fuels Specialist technical training:

School location: Sheppard AFB [TX]

Length of course: 31 days

College degree earned: Logistics

College credits earned: 11