Department(s) BLAAF
Reports to Fuel Handling Supervisor

Job Summary

The Fuel Handling Specialist performs refueling for assigned and transient Fixed Wing (FW) and Rotary Wing (RW) aircraft. The Specialist shall demonstrate technical expertise with regard to fuel handling procedures, and shall operate and provide basic operator maintenance for static and mobile fuel facilities IAW appropriate Army and Field Manuals. This position is full-time and non-exempt.

Summary of Essential Job Functions

  • Operate government approved mobile fuel facilities (i.e. government or commercial aviation fuel tanker truck)
  • Perform Refueling/Defueling procedures, fuel sampling, maintenance, monitoring and reporting in accordance with Army Regulations and Pamphlets, Field Manuals, MIL-STD, ASTM tables, National and installation Fire/Safety standards and company procedures.
  • Utilize hand-held radios, telephones and computers for communication
  • Adhere to standards based on industry best practices derived from the US military and shall protect against fire and explosions in storing, dispensing, and otherwise handling fuel.
  • Adhere to operator’s operating manual that contains standards, policies, and procedures for refueling aircraft, eliminating fuel contamination, and fire and electrostatic prevention.
  • Check for availability of adequate fire extinguishers in fuel storage, refueling vehicles, and refueling areas; display “No Smoking” signs; install grounding rods or electrodes at each refueling point; hoses and nozzles free of leaks and checked for electrical continuity; and refueling points are appropriately marked
  • Maintain records and receipts (DA Form 2765-1, DD Form 1348-1, etc.) for receipt and issue of fuel; and, shall assign document numbers and post to the accounting records as of the day received.
  • Authorized and trained to sample and test aviation fuels and operate POL equipment; and, shall wear protective clothing and equipment during refueling operations
  • Adhere to hazardous material procedures for the heliport to include procedures for controlling vapor formation/spills through frequent inspections; and, the use of drip pans, catch basins or absorbent (not combustible) materials where drips or spills occur.
  • Provide hot and cold refuel services and assist in the regular collection and testing of fuel samples.
  • Monitor fuel storage and refueling facilities for security and prevention of contamination.
  • Conduct bulk fuel transfer for static and mobile facilities.
  • Maintain equipment in clean and functional condition.
  • Recognize and report all safety issues and hazardous conditions to supervisor promptly.
  • Safeguard and inventory assigned government and company property.
  • Conduct general housekeeping duties such as cleaning office and customer service area.

Minimum Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Two years of relevant work experience with Aircraft/Helicopter refueling operations, Aviation petroleum operations and concepts, petroleum system inspection, and maintenance practices.
  • Ability to perform duties and travel in extreme weather conditions (heat, cold, wind) and at height (helicopter travel, mountain tops, elevated walk areas).
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license and maintain NTC Post driving privileges.
  • Within 90 days of hire, must complete the DOD Defensive driving certification course.
  • Must be able to navigate in NTC’s operational training area under limited visibility and inclement weather.
  • Must be able to read and comprehend U. S. Army Technical and Field Manuals.
  • Must be able to lift a maximum of 50lbs and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Must be flexible and willing to work irregular shifts, weekends, Holidays, and overtime.
  • Must be able to pass a NACI background check.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, talk, and hear. The employee is required to walk; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to drive full-size trucks and civilian and military wheeled vehicles. The employee is required to work in frequent exposure to dust, desert pollen, and extreme heat and cold associated with desert environment and natural conditions existing on Fort Irwin.

Travel Requirements

Within the boundaries of Fort Irwin and the National Training Center. Travel outside these boundaries is not anticipated.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.