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Started by Geekyfanboy, January 29, 2007, 08:17:56 PM

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Here are some Starfleet Position Definitions I found online.. for the most part they are pretty good.

Commanding Officer ( CO )

The Captain is responsible for the ship and the safety of all aboard. Although a good Captain will ask for and listen to all advice from his crew, the Captain has the final say in all matters. The Captain is the only Person who can:
1.) Order weapons fire
2.) Send Away Teams

First Officer ( XO )

The first Officer is just that. . . He/she oversees all departments, and has the authority to give orders to anyone on the ship, except of course, the Captain. He/she is responsible for delegating work schedules and seeing that all maintenance schedules are kept. He/she develops and organizes the duty roster. The first officer will lead away teams, unless otherwise specified by Captain. The First Officer is also expected to give alternative points of view on a given situation. The captain typically turns to his First Officer for another taken on a situation. However once the Captain's decisions have been made, it is the responsibility of the first Officer to carry them out no matter how he or she feels personally.

Operations Management (Ops)

Ops is an extremely confusing post. The Ops officer is responsible for coordinating ship activities so as to not overload any systems. Also handles communications, hailing, ship to ship, away teams, etc. Ops also handles all transporter operations, and monitors away teams status. Ops fills in for Helm when necessary. The Ops officer is also required to work to bring all the stations that work at the rear of the bridge together. They being Science, Environmental, Engineering, etc. OPS man sensors, but the question stands: Which ones? Here is a handy list to guide you through Operations on how to perform his duties there.
 1.) Declaring ALL planetary sensor readings.
 2.) Declaring in-ship sensor readings that would not be caught by Engineering, such as a minor
drop in sensor efficiency or electrical interference.
 3.) Making sure the ship runs smoothly.
 4.) Declaring ALL ONBOARD damage during battle. <That is YOUR ship not the enemy!>
 5.) Declaring status of your ship and non-combat status of enemy ships
 6.) Non-combat long range sensors.
 7.) Manipulates ship systems, such as redirect flow through plasma conduits, switching to backups,
and other overriding operations.

Tactical ( TAC )

Tactical is responsible for all defensive systems (shields, phasers, photons, etc.) Tactical also scans and provides data on all encountered vessels. The Tactical Officer on the bridge must also coordinate with the Security Officer on duty. The Tactical officer is the backbone of the ship. When ordered to by the Captain (and ONLY when ordered to) he fires weapons, raises shields, and determines damage done to the enemy. He also raises people on hailing frequencies Tactical is the basis of every battle Simulation. The Tactical officer must know the correct balance of damage inflicted to the other ship for each firing of the phasers and photons. The Tactical is the busiest but the most fun of any position on the ship. TAC controls the cloaking device <if there is one> and coordinates with OPS in running the Tachyon beam to scan for other cloaked ships. ONLY TAC may detect ships in the vicinity. <I.E. TAC has ship-to-ship sensors, not ship-to-shore sensors, which are at OPS> In the absence of a CSO handles all intruders and away team security.

Security ( SO )

The Chief of Security handles all security related functions that do not involve the ships weapons or shields, ie; Intruder alerts, away team security, putting people in the brig and so forth. The CSO is required to manage a current roster for each member of the Security staff, design a fluid patrol manifest and keep up to date a profile for all members of the crew and visiting persons. In event of a Red Alert situation the Chief should recon with all the Security personnel and assigns them to their respective duty stations. The Chief of Security also works in tandem with the Chief Tactical Officer to advise the Commanding Officer on possible threats to the ship and it's crew. The Junior Security Officer answers to the Chief of Security and his/her assistant. The Junior Officer should follow orders to the letter and is often asked to put their life in danger. The Junior Officer will occasionally be asked to join forces with tactical personnel to help strengthen the other teams.

Engineering ( EO )

The Chief Engineer is responsible for all the ship's systems. Engineering handles nearly all mechanical and technical aspects of the ship, but first and foremost is the warp and impulse engines. The Chief is also responsible for maintaining and monitoring the power requirements of the ship. The Assistant / Division Heads report to the Chief Engineer and work as go-betweens and delegators within the Engineering department. The Assistant Chief runs Engineering in the absence of the Chief. Junior Engineers do nearly all the diagnostics and maintenance of the ships systems. All engineering personnel report to the Chief Engineer. Many Junior Engineers are members of one of the following divisions, Power Generation, Warp Propulsion, Impulse Propulsion, Transporters, Environmental, Shipfitting and Damage Control. The latter being very dangerous.

Medical ( MO )

The Medical section is run by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO). All other Medical personal reports to the CMO. The CMO is responsible for the physical well being of the crew. The CMO will also perform studies on alien and unknown life forms. And will give medical assistance to anyone or anything that needs it. The Chief Medical Officer has the ability to, if required, remove any crewmember, including the Captain, from active duty if s/he finds his / her physical state to be unstable. ( To remove the Captain, s/he must have the support of the Chief Counselor ).

Flight Control/Helm ( CONN )

Conn is required to monitor subspace field geometry in parallel with the Engineering department. During warp flight, the Flight Control console continually updates long-range sensor data and makes automatic course corrections. Conn is responsible for monitoring relativistic effects as well as inertial damping system status during impulse flight.

Chief of Science ( CSCI )

Science is responsible for all scanning, reports, and other types of pertinent data on all types of encountered phenomenon. Conducts survey and study it. A Science Officer is on all away teams. Science personal reports to the Science Station Bridge Officer who then reports to the Command Officer on board the bridge.


The Chief Counselor is responsible for managing the ship/station's school, counseling office, and working in part with the medical staff with patient recovery. This position also includes advising the Commanding Officer in certain situations. All junior Counseling officers report to the Chief Counselor. The Chief Counselor has the ability to, if required, remove any crewmember, including the Captain, from active duty if s/he finds his/her mental state to be unstable. (To remove the Captain, s/he must have the support of the Chief Medical Officer).
Other Positions

There are other positions on board a Starfleet Starship. Such as Shuttlecraft Pilot and Technician, Environmental Specialist, etc.


Should the Chief Councellors position, department be a sub department in the medical department as part of her role would involve pychiatry , early childhood education. social work ect and would probably require some higer level medical training.


Quote from: iceman on January 30, 2007, 08:25:34 AM
Should the Chief Councellors position, department be a sub department in the medical department as part of her role would involve pychiatry , early childhood education. social work ect and would probably require some higer level medical training.

The Chief Councilor is "technically" under the jurisdiction of Starfleet Medical but it has seemed to be the case that the Chief Councilor has enjoyed a position of seniority in her/his own right, being on an equal authority as the CMO (unless as usual, ranks differ).

So, yes & no :D


This is a good list, but does anyone have a list of other, lesser known, positions? Like "stellar sciences"? things that every ship may or may not have?
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