Aircraft cannot get off the ground without fuel and use enormous quantities in flight. Modern jet fuel is an extremely volatile substance that requires careful storage and handling. Responsibility for the safe handling and accurate delivery of jet fuels is a crucial function performed by Aircraft Refuellers.
Definitely not just a gas jockey, the Aircraft Refueller is trained in a variety of fuel dispatch and delivery procedures, because fuelling an aircraft is anything but simple. On today’s aircraft, fuel is generally stored in an air- craft’s wings, or, on ultra-long-range jetliners, also in the tail area. Fuel may be delivered using hand-based or more complex pumps, filter trucks, or tanker trucks that drive right up to the aircraft.
Refuellers work outdoors in all weathers. Besides being responsible for the safe and proper delivery of jet fuel, Refuellers are also trained in firefighting and are required to pay particular attention to the safe handling of environ- mentally hazardous materials. The occupation requires people with strong teamwork skills, who are reliable, always pay attention to detail, and have an excellent customer-service attitude, because they provide a vital service to private, commercial, and military clients. Aircraft Refuellers may specialize in Pressure or Non-Pressure refueling. They are also sometimes required to perform special procedures, such as de-fuelling aircraft, and responding to fuel spills and other environmental concerns.
- Completion of Secondary School (required)
- Safety training (required)
- Training and experience as a Heavy Equipment Operator (may be offered in-house)
- Firefighting proficiency and airside security certification (may be offered in-house)
- CCAA certification (an asset)
- Aviation Fuelling Dispatcher
- Aviation Fuelling Instructor
- Aviation Into Plane Agent
- Tank Farm Operator