UFS Engineering Branch Handbook

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Written by: Stormchyld2 Resident

Reviewed by: Aryela Dagger

Last Revision Stardate: 161024

Intended Audience: All current and future UFS Engineering Officers

Introduction to UFS Engineering Branch

An Engineer in UFS is quite an amazing role to be in. Time will come that the whole mission depends on your ability to think quick on your feet and decisively to do many things such as quickly repair the warp coils on the starboard nacelle to get us out of harm’s way of a collapsing star or an exploding Kazon ship. There are also the down times when we are not facing certain destruction of the ship and crew that you will have fun just tinkering with a project or dismantling an EPS relay to realign it. Whatever the situation, there is always something to be proud of as an Engineer in United Federation Starfleet .

The UF Starfleet Engineering Branch is responsible for maintenance on Starfleet Ships, Stations, Facilities and Outposts. The United Federation Starfleet Corps. of Engineers practice the truest form of "behind the scenes" work in Starfleet. You don't always see them, but they are there, making sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

These officers and enlisted personnel are the miracle workers of the fleet, giving their lives to the ship and crew; holding the ship together long enough to vanquish the enemy, or escape with enough to get to safety. They are the Construction Force; building the very ships and stations which all of UF Starfleet uses.

Research and Development are the dreamers and schemers of Starfleet. Those in R&D are charged with development or refinement of technology for Starfleet and the Federation. R&D is highly sub divided into specific fields some have only one or two people in it. Several of the larger ones are Theoretical Engineering which develops completely new technology for use. Tactical R&D which reverse engineered the Transphasic Torpedo brought back by Voyager. Propulsion R&D which refined Warp Fields when they were shown to be harmful to subspace, and along with other departments developed the Quantum Slipstream Drive.

Think you have what it takes to brave the plasma fires of battle damage? Do you have the concentration to repair an EPS and not succumb to megawatts of energy while under fire? Do you want to give yourself over to the need to replace the ships lost in space? Can you handle the constant dangers that construction often presents to those who rise to that challenge? Perhaps you're a Combat Engineer, who is going into face the enemy, plant explosives, and get out with only your life intact? Perhaps you will face the enemy with the torches and tools that are the mark of our trade.

If you have any questions about the Engineering branch, contact the Head of UF Starfleet Corps of Engineers.

Engineering Chain of Command

All UF Starfleet Engineers are to follow the Chain of Command. If you have an issue or an idea that needs resolved or discussed, that is pertaining to the Engineering Branch, follow the Chain of Command structure below (if it is a ship based issue use the Chain of Command set by your ship)

For a list of current Chain of Command personnel please refer to the Starfleet Engineering page.

Joining the UFS Engineering Branch

The engineering department has the enormous task of keeping the ship/station working; they are responsible for making repairs, fixing problems, and making sure that the ship/station is ready for anything.

Below is a job description listing of positions with the UF Starfleet Branch.

Within the Engineering Officer role there are many more specialty roles you can perform, below is a listing of those specialties.

Warp Drive Specialist

Specialists are often specific to a single class of ship, due to the complexity of various systems. The officer in this position specializes in warp drive propulsion.

Impulse Drive Specialist

Specialists are often specific to a single class of ship, due to the complexity of various systems. The officer in this position specializes in impulse drive propulsion.

Temporal Drive Specialist

Specialists are often specific to a single class of ship, due to the complexity of various systems. The officer in this position specializes in temporal drive propulsion, which is commonly used in time travel.

Communications Specialist

Communication aboard ship/station takes two forms: voice and data. Both are handled by the computer system, but their vastness and complexity requires specialists to help maintain and repair them.

Matter/Energy Specialist

All aspects of matter and energy transfer, with the exception of the warp drive system, are handled by these specialists.

Structural/Environmental Systems Specialist

Maintaining the internal dampening, structural integrity, and environmental systems is not an easy job; it is fulfilled by these trained specialists. These specialists are also responsible for managing damage control during and after battles, and often best know the strengths of the entire engineering team and how to utilize them for repairs.

Sensor Maintenance Specialist

Sensors are an integral part of any Starfleet ship/station, providing necessary information for navigation and scientific research. These specialists oversee the maintenance of all sensors on board a ship/station, and provides necessary modifications when needed.

Shuttlecraft Maintenance Specialist

When transporters are not an option, shuttles are used to transport crew to and from locations. Maintenance specialists are needed to ensure that all shuttles are fully operational, and ready to be used on a moments notice. They also oversee and perform any necessary repairs to the shuttles on board. Their duties may also extend to maintenance and repair of fighter squadron vessels.

Computer Systems Specialist

Ships/stations are dependent on very sophisticated computer systems; these specialists are responsible for maintaining them.

Engineering Officer

Non specialized engineers serve on all ships/stations to perform most of the standard maintenance and repair tasks.

There are further positions discussed here: Positions in UF Starfleet Corps of Engineers


((More to come))

Promotion Guidelines

Within Engineering, the ranks follow the standard UFS structure:

Simplified Rank Chart

To be considered for promotion, you MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Have met the Time in Grade
  • Have answered the Monthly Roll Call on the forum diligently
  • Have received a recommendation from your ship/starbase's Commanding Officer and/or your Division Head.
  • Have submitted mission reports to your Commanding Officer and have posted said logs in your ship's forum. If your Ship or Starbase has more than one Engineering Officer, then reports can be done on a rotation. The responsibility of this lies with your Chief Engineering Officer.
  • Have submitted a monthly Engineering Activity Report to your immediate Commanding Officer.

Additional considerations will be given to the following:

  • Personal logs.
  • Submission of Role Play ideas.
  • Special Engineering Branch projects.
  • Participation in Sim-Wide Role Plays.
  • Academy Classes passed.

NOTE** Commanding Officers may set their own advancement criteria. Contact your CO for what he/she expects for consideration of advancement.

Standard Operating Procedures

Dress of the Day

Engineering Branch needs to show the pride they feel as Engineers, as such the appearance standards are to be fully compliant with UFS issued uniforms regulations while on duty, no additions or other clothing is permitted. While on standard duty or representing the Engineering Branch, you will be required to wear your Duty uniform properly.

On Duty

All UFS Engineers are considered on duty when the following is met:

  • Fully Uniformed
  • Outside of their residence
  • Wearing the Engineering Branch group tag
  • Wearing their titler indicating rank and status