Engineering’s primary purpose is to be the central point for control of all engineering systems aboard a starship, especially those related to propulsion and power generation. The matter/antimatter reaction chamber (also known as the warp core) is located in Engineering.
Engineering can also be used as a command and control center, overriding primary centers such as the Bridge or Auxiliary Control.
On any space vessel, engineers are the officers assigned to monitor and maintain the starship’s functionality, and often do most of the “grunt work” that is involved in keeping a ship or space station up and running. Engineering officers are generally assigned tasks that include maintaining and/or improving the performance of the warp drive, ship’s database, computer processors and circuitry, holographic emitters, tractor beams, transporter components, observational equipment (such as sensors, probes, and satellites), weaponry systems, deflector array, hull plating, life support, shields and alternative defense systems, and many other crucial parts of a ship’s anatomy. They are expected to tackle all the problems that drain the ship’s resources or lower its efficiency.
On a Starfleet vessel of any kind, the chain of command in the engineering department tends to be simple with smaller teams broken apart from the whole. A Chief Engineer and an assisting officer lead the entire engineering team, often delegating tasks to smaller teams formed within the whole. Because the operations of a starship, starbase, or space station are so complex, the engineering department runs routine maintenance on all ship’s systems. Tests are done regularly through main engineering, which is the hub of activity for the entire department. From main engineering, all ship functions can be monitored and checked for any abnormalities.
The Engineering Department of the Southern Cross has many openings for crew seeking a more technical involvement with the ship, and any members interested in pursuing a career in this department should contact the Chief Engineering Officer.
Please email the Chief Engineering Officer—LCDR Christopher Jacobs—if you have any questions