Engineering / Operations
The Engineering / Operations Department maintains the station's physical functionality through routine monitoring and repair of the fusion reactors, thrusters, computer, tractor beams, transporters, weapons, deflector array, sensors and probes, the hull, life support and anything else that a hyperspanner and some elbow grease can fix.
The Operations side of the coin is responsible for prioritising resource allocation among both departments and station functions. Operations is primarily responsible for the efficient distribution of the station's Electro-Plasma System (EPS), which powers all systems. It also serves as Quartermaster, requisitioning hardware and supplies, ordering large-scale repairs, and ensuring that the crew has the correct equipment to do their jobs.
The Department also manages repair and cleanup. During emergency situations, the department itself provides Damage Control services.
The Chief of Engineering / Operations is the head of the department and manages the large number of Engineers in keeping the station operational and in one piece. She or he advises the Commanding Officer on technical problems both inside and outside of the ship. Due to the essential nature of Engineering, the Chief Engineer is not bound by the same rules of rank and chain of command as other officers, and may give orders to more senior officers when directly related to Engineering. Unlike other department heads, Chief Engineers are chosen more for experience and knowledge than for seniority, and the Commanding Officer has the authority to appoint the most qualified individual to the post, regardless of commissioned or enlisted status or rank.
The Assistant Engineer is the primary assistant to the Chief Engineer and assists in creating duty rosters for the department, delegating tasks, and prioritising repairs and maintenance.
The Assistant Operations serves as an alternate to the Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for the hands-on management of the station's systems and resources when the Chief Operations Officer is in the command centre. He or she may personally lead Damage Control teams as needed.
An Engineer is responsible for maintaining and fixing the ship. Because a station runs through a vast and complex array of systems, Engineers are often assigned to a specific team that regularly monitors, repairs and upgrades a specific system or piece of a system. As such, an Engineer may become an Engineer Specialist. Some engineering specialties include:
- Station subsystem (Transporters, Life Support, Phasers, etc.)
- Fusion Reactors
- Auxiliary Craft
An Operations Crewman is a jack-of-all trades, cross-trained in engineering (damage control, EPS relay repair), administration (quartermastering), and practical sciences (sensor or data analysis). Thus, an Operations Officer serves many functions on a station, serving to both coordinate overall functions as well as to fill gaps as needed. She or he also mans the Operations station in the command centre in the absence of the Chief or Assistant.
- Officers: 0
- Enlisted: 20
- Engineers: 13
- Operations: 7
- Civilian: 0
- Cadets: 1
Special thanks to Elisa of the USS Archimedes for the department and position descriptions