AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
Be the force that propels the Army forward. As a Petroleum Laboratory Specialist for the Army National Guard, your main responsibility will be to ensure the quality, purity, and durability of all fuels used in Army operations.
As a Petroleum Laboratory Specialist, you will supervise or conduct laboratory tests on petroleum, oil, and lubricant products. Specific duties may include: obtaining or receiving petroleum product samples; conducting laboratory tests for contaminants strength, and toxic qualities; evaluating test results against specification requirements; making recommendations regarding product disposition; following fire prevention and safety control procedures; testing on clothing, food, paints, and plastics; and keeping detailed laboratory records and files.
Some of the Skills You'll Learn
• Use of lab equipment, such as centrifuges and spectrometers
• Interest in chemistry and mathematics
• Ability to follow detailed procedures
• Interest in performing technical work
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with petroleum refineries, chemical companies, manufacturing firms, or government agencies. Civilian laboratory technicians often specialize in a particular industry, such as petroleum, food processing, or pharmaceuticals.
Earn While You Learn
Get paid to learn! In the Army National Guard, you will learn valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for a Petroleum Laboratory Specialist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and approximately 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in testing different products. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
The National Guard is a unique element of the U.S. military that serves both community and country. The Guard responds to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more. Any state governor or the President of the United States can call on the Guard in a moment's notice. Guard Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining their military training part time. Guard Soldiers' primary area of operation is their home state.
The Guard dates back to 1636, when Citizen-Soldiers formed militias to defend community and country. And for 377 years, the Guard has stayed true to its roots. Enlisting in the National Guard means more time at home. Training typically requires one weekend each month, with a two-week training period once each year. Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a lifetime and earn pride for life. When you become a Guard Soldier, your family will thank you, your country will thank you and your future will owe you. Contact a recruiter to find more specifics about your opportunities in the Army National Guard.