Fuel attendants work at gas stations and are responsible for attending to customer vehicle needs. They may work morning, afternoon, or overnight shifts depending on the employer, customer demand, and the employees' arranged schedule. They typically work at full-service gas stations as opposed to self-serve stations; except in New Jersey and Oregon, where allowing customers to pump their own gas is against the law, full-service stations and fuel attendants are not as common as they used to be.
Most of the job demands are physical, as fuel attendants are typically responsible for pumping customers' gas, wiping windshields, and even checking engine oil levels. They may also perform other simple tasks pertaining to a customer's vehicle, such as changing a windshield wiper, adding fluids, or pumping air into a tire. With these responsibilities in mind, it is common that fuel attendants spend most, if not all, of their working time outside dealing with customers rather than inside at a cash register or doing paperwork behind a desk. Their co-workers may include other fuel attendants, cashiers/clerks, and managers.
Educational requirements are not strict for this position, though knowledge of and experience with auto mechanics are highly beneficial. General knowledge of vehicle mechanics is essential, and many fuel attendants undergo on-the-job training.
Fuel Attendant Tasks
Process sales and transactions of fuel products.
Clean area, including stocking supplies, retail areas and restrooms.
Supervise and monitor fuel pump levels and gauges.
Supervise and monitor fueling area.