Still Operator (479) Enlisted Personnel

Operates or directs the operation of one or a battery of stills in which oil is broken down into such products as gasoline, kerosene, lubricating oil, fuel oil, and petroleum coke.
Patrols unit to check operating conditions. Observes and records readings of temperature, pressure, and flow gauges and meters. Regulates temperature, pressure, and flow of oil by adjustment of pipe valves or automatic controls. Tests products for specific gravity and observes color to check processing. Draws samples for laboratory analysis. Performs preventive maintenance such as packing pumps and valves and making minor adjustments.
May mix tetraethyl lead with gasoline to produce antiknock and high-power gasoline.
Must be able to test equipment. Must be able to calculate output and yield. Must be able to make simple laboratory tests for gravity and color. Must be familiar with fire fighting and safety precautions.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Stillman
  • Stillman Helper
  • Topman