Test Evaluation Process (Procedural Example).
As NCOIC, you must always ensure the following steps are taken to perform the test evaluation:
Given a petroleum sample, complete with sample tag, DA Form 1804 (Petroleum Sample).
Determine the military specification number. This number is found on the sample tag and on the sample
Determine the product properties. These are found in the military specification.
Determine the test procedure. Look up the Carbon residue test in the specification.
Perform the test in conjunction with the applicable ASTM test. You must ensure that all tests are
performed in the proper sequence. Observe the test being performed and ensure each step is done "by
Instruct the Technician in the Correct Procedure When Deficiencies Are Observed.
Many times corrective action makes rerunning the test necessary. You must ensure the procedure must be done
"by the book" for the result to have meaning. The following actions are taken:
Look at sample can or tag to find the specification number. If it is not on the tag, call the submitting unit
or look in the 9100 Identification List (IL) microfiche for the correct specification number.
Check the specification to find the test to be run and the correct method.
Check the appropriate test book (ASTM or FTMS) to find the correct test method to be used.
Observe the technician to ensure he uses the method correctly.
Perform corrective action if needed.
Take the following steps if incorrect test procedures are discovered:
- Stop the test.
- Identify all errors.
- Explain the effect the errors may have on the outcome of the test.
- Have the technician review the test procedures.
- Have the test rerun by the technician while you observe the procedures.