Departments

Engineering

The Engineering department is responsible for the overall management and maintenance of a majority of the ship’s systems as well other ship operations. 
Below are the various jobs that make up this department.

Chief Engineering Officer

The Chief Engineer is the individual responsible for the safe operation, maintenance, and repair of all systems aboard the ship, as well as the operation, maintenance, and repair of all assigned small craft and equipment. Specific departments have jurisdiction over certain systems (weapons and scientific labs as notable examples), but the Chief Engineer must ensure that no system use compromises ship safety or infringes upon the needs of other departments or of the vessel’s primary mission. In addition s/he supervises all personnel in the Engineering department, is a member of the Senior Staff, stands a watch in Main Engineering, and reports to the Commanding Officer. This officer typically holds the rank of Commander, aboard an NX-class starship.

Second Engineering Officer

Engineers are trained to handle the myriad amount of tasks that come with operating complex starships in space, including maintenance, repair, damage control, construction, and operation of the ship’s various systems. There are many specialist engineers responsible for specific systems, but there are also generalists who can fill in where needed. The ship’s Second Engineer is the second-in-command of the Engineering Department, and assists the Chief Engineering Officer in department management, and works in whatever capacity the Chief Engineer requires, typically serving as a shift supervisor. This officer is typically ranked at least Lieutenant, J.G., aboard an NX-class starship.

Third Engineering Officer

Engineers are trained to handle the myriad amount of tasks that come with operating complex starships in space, including maintenance, repair, damage control, construction, and operation of the ship’s various systems. There are many specialist engineers responsible for specific systems, but there are also generalists who can fill in where needed. The ship’s Third Engineer is the third most senior member of the Engineering Department, and assists the Second and Chief Engineering Officers in department management, and works in whatever capacity the Chief Engineer requires, typically serving as a shift supervisor. This officer is typically ranked at least Lieutenant, J.G., aboard an NX-class starship.

Fourth Engineering Officer

Engineers are trained to handle the myriad amount of tasks that come with operating complex starships in space, including maintenance, repair, damage control, construction, and operation of the ship’s various systems. There are many specialist engineers responsible for specific systems, but there are also generalists who can fill in where needed. The ship’s Third Engineer is the fourth most senior member of the Engineering Department, and assists the Second and Chief Engineering Officers in department management, and works in whatever capacity the Chief Engineer requires, generally serving occasionally as a shift supervisor. This officer is typically ranked at Ensign, aboard an NX-class starship.

Engineering Officer (6)

Engineers are trained to handle the myriad amount of tasks that come with operating complex starships in space, including maintenance, repair, damage control, construction, and operation of the ship’s various systems. There are many specialist engineers responsible for specific systems, but there are also generalists who can fill in where needed. Engineering Officers do not have a specific station within the department, but work where they are needed. They are the junior-most commissioned engineers aboard the ship and are expected to become familiar with the operation of all systems during their tour of duty. This officer is typically ranked at Ensign, aboard an NX-class starship. 

Engineering Specialist (9)

Enlisted Engineers are crewmen who fill in where they are needed on various engineering tasks. They are constantly training and are expected to become familiar with many of the ship’s systems, during their tour of duty. They typically are asked to complete tasks such as basic maintenance of non-critical systems, and work under a specialist to develop their eventual specialization. In addition, they are trained in damage control, and form the backbone of the ship’s damage control efforts. Engineering Specialists are typically Crewmen.

Propulsion Systems Specialist (2)

Propulsion Systems Specialists are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship’s various propulsion systems, including warp coils, impulse engine assemblies, and maneuvering thrusters. They have specialist knowledge in the operation of these systems and theory behind them. Propulsion Systems Specialists are Petty Officers or higher, having spent a significant amount of time learning their duties aboard active starships.

Power Systems Specialist (2)

Propulsion Systems Specialists are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship’s various power generation systems, including the warp core, fusion reactors, and emergency power backups. They have specialist knowledge in the operation of these systems and theory behind them. Power Systems Specialists are Petty Officers or higher, having spent a significant amount of time learning their duties aboard active starships.

Fluidic Systems Specialist

Fluidic Systems Specialists are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship’s fluid storage and transportation systems, including the liquid deuterium and fresh water storage tanks, as well as the processing and pumping systems that go along with them, including the ship’s waste management plant. Fluidic Systems Specialists are Petty Officers or higher, having spent a significant amount of time learning their duties aboard active starships.

Computer Systems Specialist (2)

Computer Systems Specialists are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship’s main and auxiliary computer systems, including the main computer core, sensors, and communications equipment. Computer Systems Specialists are Petty Officers or higher, having spent a significant amount of time learning their duties aboard active starships.

Fabrication Specialist

Fabrication Specialists are responsible for constructing needed components in the ship’s fabrication shops from raw materials. Fabrication Specialists are Petty Officers or higher, having spent a significant amount of time learning their duties aboard active starships, and they report to the Quartermaster.

Antimatter Specialist

Computer Systems Specialists are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship’s antimatter containment and transport systems. Antimatter Systems Specialists are Petty Officers or higher, having spent a significant amount of time learning their duties aboard active starships.

Damage Control Specialist (2)

Damage Control Specialists are highly-trained in the art and science of keeping a damaged ship together in crisis situations. They work with other engineers, as well as members of the security division and MACO detachment to secure the ship, and to keep primary systems online. They are highly experienced in both internal and external repairs, and train other engineers in those procedures. Damage Control Specialists are Petty Officers or higher, having spent a significant amount of time learning their duties aboard active starships.

Small Craft Specialist (2) 

Small Craft Specialists are responsible for the maintenance and stocking of the ship’s auxiliary craft, including shuttlepods, workpods, lifeboats, and capsule EVA systems. In addition, they man the stations in the launch bay control room, during launch and recovery procedures. Though members of the engineering department, they also work with the Helm Officer to make sure that all craft are equipped appropriately for their missions. Small Craft Specialists are Petty Officers or higher, having spent a significant amount of time learning their duties aboard active starships.

Logistics Specialist (16)

Logistics Specialists are crewmen who are assigned to any number of duties aboard the ship, from handling cargo, to running laundry equipment, to janitorial duties. They train in a variety of roles, before picking their specialization, as quartermasters, tailors, barbers, chefs, or other such roles. They are Crewmen, and report to the Quartermaster.

Chief Culinary Specialist

The Chief Culinary Specialist is the Ship’s Chef, who is responsible for managing the crew’s dietary needs and oversees all food preparation, the operation of the protein resequencer, and the ordering of fresh supplies, when the ship is in port. The Chief Culinary Specialist is a Chief Petty Officer, though Captains have been known to place civilian chefs in this role. In either case, the Chief Culinary Specialist reports to the Quartermaster.

Culinary Specialist (4)

Culinary Specialists are responsible for food preparation and serving. They also serve as stewards, such as in the captain’s dining room. Culinary Specialists are typically Petty Officers, who have learned their trade either on active starships or Starfleet planetary installations, and report to the Chief Culinary Specialist.

Hygiene Specialist

The Hygiene Specialist, or Ship’s Barber, is responsible for the hair dressing and grooming needs of the crew, as well as the stocking of such things as towels in the gym. Hygiene Specialists are typically Petty Officers, who have learned their trade either on active starships or Starfleet planetary installations, and report to the Quartermaster.

Uniform Specialist

The Uniform Specialist, or Ship’s Tailor, is responsible for all of the uniforms used aboard the ship, except extra-vehicular work gear, and oversees laundry operations. Uniform Specialists are typically Petty Officers, who have learned their trade either on active starships or Starfleet planetary installations, and report to the Quartermaster.

Quartermaster

The Ship’s Quartermaster is responsible for overseeing the operations of cargo management, food, supplies, uniforms, janitorial services, and recreation aboard the ship. S/he manages the non-specialized Logistics Specialists and other operations division specialists who do not fit directly under Engineering’s main duties. His/her primary duty is making sure that the ship’s supplies are used in a thoughtful manner by the crew, except for medical supplies and munitions. The quartermaster is at least a Chief Petty Officer and reports jointly to the Chief Engineering Officer and First Officer.

Engineer’s Mate

The Engineer’s Mate is the senior-most enlisted member of the Engineering Department, and is responsible for the training of personnel within the department, especially new crewmen, and helps the Chief Engineering Officer manage clerical duties that come with running a shipboard department. The Engineer’s Mate is a very experienced engineer, and is likely to be the member of the ship’s crew with the most experience in starship engineering, except perhaps the Chief Engineering Officer. The Engineer’s Mate is at least a Chief Petty Officer and reports to the Chief Engineering Officer.