Departments & Positions
Command (Cerberus Station)
The Command department is ultimately responsible for the station and its crew, and those within the department are responsible for commanding the station and representing the interests of Starfleet.
Commanding Officer Ultimately responsible for the ship and crew, the Commanding Officer is the most senior officer aboard a vessel. S/he is responsible for carrying out the orders of Starfleet, and for representing both Starfleet and the Federation. Executive Officer The liaison between captain and crew, the Executive Officer acts as the disciplinarian, personnel manager, advisor to the captain, and much more. S/he is also one of only two officers, along with the Chief Medical Officer, that can remove a Commanding Officer from duty. Second Officer At times the XO must assume command of a Starship or base, when this happens the XO needs the help of another officer to assume his/her role as XO. The second officer is not a stand alone position, but a role given to the highest ranked and trusted officer aboard. When required the Second Officer will assume the role of XO, or if needed CO, and performs their duties as listed, for as long as required. Command Chief The seniormost Chief Petty Officer (including Senior and Master Chiefs), regardless of rating, is designated by the Commanding Officer as the Command Chief. In addition to his or her departmental responsibilities, the CC performs the following duties: serves as a liaison between the Commanding Officer (or Executive Officer) and the enlisted crewmen; ensures enlisted crews understand Command policies; advises the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer regarding enlisted morale, and evaluates the quality of noncommissioned officer leadership, management, and supervisory training.
The CC works with the other department heads, Chiefs, supervisors, and crewmen to insure discipline is equitably maintained, and the welfare, morale, and health needs of the enlisted personnel are met. The CC is qualified to temporarily act as Commanding or Executive Officer if so ordered.
Mission Advisor Advises the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer on mission-specific areas of importance. Many times, the Mission Advisor knows just as much about the mission as the CO and XO do, if not even more. He or she also performs mission-specific tasks, and can take on any roles that a mission requires him or her to do. Concurrently holds another position, except in rare circumstances. CO's Adjutant The Commanding Officers Adjutant can be filled by a Junior Officer or Petty Officers who wish to continue as administrators. File work, and sensitive message transport are but two examples of the Adjutants possible duties. The Adjutant, sometimes known as a Yeoman for Enlisted Officers, assists the CO in day-to-day duties that he/she would otherwise not have the time to do.
Starfleet Corps of Engineers (Cerberus Station)
The SCE Research department is the stations main research division and as such there are a number of projects involving various aspects of engineering and design within this area.
Starship Design Lead The Starship Design Lead is the most senior officer of this research area, as such s/he will be responsible for coordinating those under his/her command by setting design briefs and monitoring their progress.
This work can include everything from small craft such as shuttles and runabouts to the largest explorer type starships.
Starship Design Team Engineers are the backbone of the Engineering Corps and are responsible for, under the guidance of their department head, all work in their chosen field. Defensive Systems Lead The Defence Systems Lead is the most senior officer of this research area, as such s/he will be responsible for coordinating those under his/her command by setting design briefs and monitoring their progress.
This area looks into Ablative armour, Multi Layer shield systems and more traditional graviton based shield systems as well as deflector array configurations.
Defensive Systems Team Engineers are the backbone of the Engineering Corps and are responsible for, under the guidance of their department head, all work in their chosen field Communications Systems Lead The Communications Specialist is a specialized engineer. Communication aboard a ship or facility takes two basic forms, voice and data. Both are handled by the onboard computer system and dedicated hardware. The vastness and complexity of this system requires a dedicated team to maintain the system.
The Communications System Lead is the officer in charge of this team, they are often tasked by Starfleet Communications to field test new systems as well as carrying out research to improve those currently in service.
Communications Systems Team Engineers are the backbone of the Engineering Corps and are responsible for, under the guidance of their department head, all work in their chosen field Warp Propulsion Lead Specializing in impulse and warp propulsion, these engineers are often specific to even a single class of ship due to the complexity of warp and impulse systems.
The Warp Propulsion Lead therefore assigns tasks based upon individual crew experience while ensuring deadlines are met to allow new updates to be applied in a timely fashion.
Warp Propulsion Team Engineers are the backbone of the Engineering Corps and are responsible for, under the guidance of their department head, all work in their chosen field Holographic Engineer A specialist field covering all aspects of holographic design the SCE is now increasing its research in this area to bolster the capabilities of the fleet. The areas of interest include fleet support functions and efforts to replace the need for officers in high risk postings such as anti matter production and weapons manufacturing. Computer Systems Specialist The Computer Systems Specialist is a specialized Engineer. The new generation of Computer systems are highly developed. This system needs much maintenance and the Computer Systems Specialist was introduced to relieve the Science Officer, whose duty this was in the very early days.
A small team is assigned to the Computer Systems Specialist, which is made up from NCO personnel assigned by the Assistant and Chief Engineer. The Computer Systems Specialist reports to the Assistant and Chief Engineer.
Matter/Energy Systems Specialist The Matter / Energy Systems Specialist is a specialized Engineer. All aspects of matter energy transfers with the sole exception of the warp drive systems are handled by the Matter/Energy Systems Specialist. Such areas involved are transporter and replicator systems. The Matter/Energy Systems Specialist is the Officer in charge of a small team Engineers working in this field. Field Engineer The Field Engineers are the backbone of the SCE and are often the unsung heroes, building and repairing anything and everything as required, often under fire and always under pressure.
When operating aboard a starbase or starship the Field Engineers are responsible for manufacturing spare parts, fabrication of non replicatable items in their machine shops. As a result of the specialist work undertaken almost all are Enlisted Crew with a few Warrant Officers who report directly to the most senior engineer.
Science (Cerberus Station)
From sensor readings to figuring out a way to enter the strange spacial anomaly, the science department is responsible for recording data, testing new ideas out, and making discoveries.
Chief Science Officer The Chief Science Officer is responsible for all the scientific data the facility collects, and the distribution of such data to specific section within the department for analysis. S/he is also responsible with providing the stations commanding officer with scientific information needed for command decisions.
S/he also is also responsible for overseeing all research work carried out within the Science area of the station and will often work closely with the members of the SCE in support of their work.
Assistant Chief Science Officer The Assistant Chief Science Officer assists Chief Science Officer in all areas, such as administration, and analysis of scientific data. The Assistant often take part in specific analysis of important data along with the Chief Science Officer, however spends most time overseeing current project and their section heads. Science Officer There are several general Science Officers aboard each vessel. They are assigned to their duties by the Chief Science Officer.
Assignments include work for the Specialized Section heads within the Science area as well as projects in the Medical and Engineering fields where their expertise is invaluable.
Astrometrics Officer Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Astrometrics Section. This role entails the maintaining, correction and production of new stellar maps. Has close ties with the the Physicist and Stellar Cartographers. Alien Archaeologist/Anthropologist Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Alien Culture Section. This role involves the study of all newly discovered alien species and life forms, from the long dead to thriving. Their knowledge also involves current known alien species.
As new technologies and information is gathered this officer may be called upon to work with SCE officers during reverse engineering projects.
Biologist Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Biology Section. This role entails the study of biology, botany, zoology and many more Life Sciences. On larger ships there many be a number of Science Officers within this section, under the lead of the Biologist. Language Specialist Specialized Communications Officer in charge of the Linguistics section. This role involves the study of new and old languages and text in an attempt to better understand and interpret their meaning.
Answers to the Chief and Assistant Chief Communications Officer (if present) or the Chief and Assistant Chief Science Officer.
Stellar Cartographer Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Stellar Cartography bay. This role entails the mapping of all spatial phenomenon, and the implications of such phenomenon. Has close ties with the Physicist and Astrometrics Officer.
Medical (Cerberus Station)
Medical not only includes the traditional support functions for the station, a number of research sections also extend into the Medical area under the command of the Chief Medical Officer.
Chief Medical Officer The Chief Medical Officer is responsible for the physical health of the entire crew, but does more than patch up injured crew members. His/her function is to ensure that they do not get sick or injured to begin with, and to this end monitors their health and conditioning with regular check ups. If necessary, the Chief Medical Officer can remove anyone from duty, even a Commanding Officer. Besides this s/he is available to provide medical advice to any individual who requests it.
Additionally the Chief is also responsible for all aspect of the medical deck, such as the Medical labs, Surgical suites and Dentistry labs.
S/he also is a department head and a member of the Senior Staff and responsible for all the crew members in her/his department and duty rosters.
Chief Counselor Because of their training in psychology, technically the ship's/facility's Counselor is considered part of Starfleet medical. The Counselor is responsible both for advising the Commanding Officer in dealing with other people and races, and in helping crew members with personal, psychological, and emotional problems.
The Chief Counselor is considered a member of the Senior Staff. S/he is responsible for the crew in his/her department. The Chief Counselor is the Counselor with the highest rank and most experience.
Medical Officer Medical Officers undertake the majority of the work aboard the facility, examining the crew and administering medical care under the instruction of the Chief Medical Officer. They may also also run the other Medical areas not directly overseen by the Chief Medical Officer such as Physiotherapy , Paediatrics and Dentistry. Medical Researcher Medical Researchers undertake the majority of the work aboard the facility, whether it be analysing data, performing research or carrying out experiments these officers have also been trained to carry out standard medical work as needed to support station operations. Surgeon Doctors of the federation still specialize and mostly, the Chief Medical Officer position is usually held by a general practitioner. While simple surgery is part of their training, some doctors on larger vessels and starbases prefer to have a surgeon on staff. Counselor Because of their training in psychology, technically the facility's Counselor is considered part of Starfleet medical. The Counselor is responsible both for advising the Commanding Officer in dealing with other people and races, and in helping crew members with personal, psychological, and emotional problems. Counselor's Aide The Counselor's Aide helps keep all the matters of the Counseling Department in order. S/he assigns appointments for anyone needing them, and assists the Counselors with anything that they may need. Head Nurse The Head Nurse oversees all the Nurses currently aboard, ensuring they are assigned to tasks and working as required in their area. Additionally the Head nurse performs the normal duties of the nurse, assisting the Duty Medical Officer in sickbay. Nurse Nurses are trained in basic medical care, and are capable of dealing with less serious medical cases. In more serious matters the nurse assists the medical officer in the examination and administration of medical care, be this injecting required drugs, or simply assuring the injured party that they will be ok. The Nurses also maintain the medical wards, overseeing the patients and ensuring they are receiving medication and care as instructed by the Medical Officer. Morale Officer Responsible for keeping the morale of the crew high. Delivers regular reports on morale to the Executive Officer. The Morale Officer plans activities that will keep the crew's morale and demeanor up. If any crew member is having problems, the Morale Officer can assist that crew member. Psychopharmacologist This department is researching pharmacological answers to different mental conditions as well as working closely with the Counselors on this station. Virologist Research into different pathogens, illnesses and viruses. works closely with the medical teams in curing any number of problems. Neuroendocrinologist Deals with the brain and its many different facets. This department seem to have a hand in most others but work most closesly with the Counselors and Medical Teams.
Operations (Cerberus Station)
The operations department is responsible for keeping stations systems functioning properly, rerouting power, bypassing relays, and doing whatever else is necessary to keep the station operating at peak efficiency. Also responsible for gathering sensor data with the sensor network around the station and for all communications in and out of the station.
Chief Operations Officer The Chief Operations Officer has the primary responsibility of ensuring that station functions do not interfere with one and another whilst prioritizing resource allocations, so that the most critical activities can have every chance of success. If so required, s/he can curtail station functions if s/he thinks they will interfere with the stations current mission or routine operations.
The Chief Operations Officer oversees the Operations department, and is a member of the senior staff.
Dockmaster The Dockmaster is solely responsible for all activities carried out by the drydock facility in close proximity to the station such as repairs and refits of docked vessels. Under the nominal command of the Operations department the Dockmaster is based upon the station but can choose to carry out day to day activities from the office complex on the drydock facility.
It should be noted that the Dockmaster is not responsible for the overall flight operations near the station or of craft using the landings bays or pads as these fall under the jurisdiction of the Flight Control Co-ordinator.
Operations Officer The Chief Operations Officer cannot man the operations centre at all times. The Operations Officers are thus assistants to the Chief, fulfilling his/her duties when required, and assuming the Operations consoles if required at any time.
Operations Officers report to the Chief Operations Officer.
Quartermaster The Quartermaster specializes in distributing supplies and provisions to personnel aboard the vessel. In addition, the Quartermaster controls all physical assignments to quarters throughout the vessel. Boatswain Each vessel and base has one Warrant Officer (or Chief Warrant Officer) who holds the position of Boatswain. The Boatswain (pronounced and also written "Bosun" or "Bos'n") trains and supervises personnel (including both the ship's company or base personnel as well as passengers or vessels) in general ship and base operations, repairs, and protocols; maintains duty assignments for all Operations personnel; sets the agenda for instruction in general ship and base operations; supervises auxiliary and utility service personnel and daily ship or base maintenance; coordinates all personnel cross-trained in damage control operations and supervises damage control and emergency operations; may assume any Bridge or Operations role as required; and is qualified to temporarily act at Operations if so ordered.
The Boatswain reports to the Chief Operations Officer.
Transporter Specialist The Transporter Chief is responsible for all transports to and from other ships and any planetary bodies. When transporting is not going on, the Transporter Chief is responsible for keeping the transporters running at peak efficiency.
The team assigned to the Transporter Chief is made up from NCO personnel, assigned by the Assistant and Chief Engineer. The Transporter Chief reports to the Assistant and Chief Engineer.
Security (Cerberus Station)
The security department is responsible for maintaining the safety of all personnel aboard the station and the secure areas it houses. As a research station there is no tactical element to this posting and as such the Chief of Security is not by default a senior staff member.
Chief Security Officer The Chief Security Officer is called Chief of Security. Her/his duty is to ensure the safety of station and crew. Some take it as their personal duty to protect the Commanding Officer/Executive Officer on away teams. She/he is also responsible for people under arrest and the safety of guests, liked or not. Security Officer There are several Security Officers aboard each vessel. They are assigned to their duties by the Chief of Security and his/her Deputy and mostly guard sensitive areas, protect people, patrol, and handle other threats to the Federation. Tactical Officer The Tactical Officers are the vessels gunmen. They assist the Chief Tactical Officer by running and maintaining the numerous weapons systems aboard the ship/starbase, and analysis and tactical planning of current missions. Very often Tactical Officers are also trained in ground combat and small unit tactics. Security Investigations Officer The Security Investigations Officer is an Enlisted Officer. S/He fulfills the role of a special investigator or detective when dealing with Starfleet matters aboard ship or on a planet. Coordinates with the Chief Security Officer on all investigations as needed. The Security Investigations Officer reports to the Chief of Security. Brig Officer The Brig Officer is a Security Officer who has chosen to specialize in a specific role. S/he guards the brig and its cells. But there are other duties associated with this post as well. S/he is responsible for any prisoner transport, and the questioning of prisoners. Often Brig Officers have a good knowledge of forcefield technology, and are experts in escaping such confinements. Master-at-Arms The Master-at-Arms trains and supervises Security crewmen in departmental operations, repairs, and protocols; maintains duty assignments for all Security personnel; supervises weapons locker access and firearm deployment; and is qualified to temporarily act as Chief of Security if so ordered. The Master-at-Arms reports to the Chief of Security. Federation Marshal The Federation Marshals service is responsible for cross border operations where the jurisdiction of one or more Federation members are in conflict.
The Marshals are also responsible for anti narcotics, gang and piracy operations as well as tackling humanoid trafficking often going undercover to achieve their means.
Starfleet Intelligence (Cerberus Station)
Starfleet Intelligence not only gathers information but also ensures secrets are kept, sometimes by manipulation and occasionally by force.
Starfleet Ranger Commanding Officer An experienced field agent in both intelligence gathering and clandestine operations as well as counter terrorism measure, a Ranger Officer can be a great ally or terrible foe and many an officer has regretted slighting such a person. Starfleet Ranger working title Intelligence Officer Working Title Intelligence Operative working title
Flight Control (Cerberus Station)
Responsible for the navigation and flight control of auxiliary craft, the Flight Control department includes pilots trained in both starship and auxiliary craft piloting.
Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer Originally known as helm, or Flight Control Officer, CONN incorporates two job, Navigation and flight control. A Flight Control Officer must always be present on the bridge of a starship. S/he plots courses, supervises the computers piloting, corrects any flight deviations and pilots the ship manually when needed. The Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer is the second senior most CONN Officer aboard and reports directly to the Chief Flight Control Officer. Flight Control Co-ordinator The Flight Control Co-ordinator is responsible for tracking, challenging and approving all starship and support craft movement near the station. It is their duty to ensure flight plans are approved before craft depart whilst working with the Dockmaster in relation to crew and material supplies to the near by drydock facility.
The Flight Control Co-ordinator is a Senior Officer.
Shuttlebay Manager The Shuttlebay Manager is responsible for pre and post flight checks of all support craft involved in away missions. Once a support craft has been brought to the flight line, it is his/her duty to ensure that it is mission capable. Upon returning from a mission, he/she must inspect the support craft and prepare a report on any maintenance that is required.
He/she is also responsible for the placement of support craft in order to allow for maximum efficiency of the shuttlebay.
Chief Support Craft Pilot All small spacecrafts aboard a starship, starbase or a facility (Shuttles, Runabouts, Transports, Captain's yacht, Patrol Vessels etc.) but excluding fighters are flown by Support Craft Pilots. This is often the proving ground for pilots until they earn a berth on a starship as a Flight Control Officer.
The Chief Support Craft Pilot reports to the Chief Flight Control Officer.
Support Craft Pilot All small spacecrafts aboard a starship, starbase or a facility (Shuttles, Runabouts, Transports, Captain's yacht, Patrol Vessels etc.) but excluding fighters are flown by Support Craft Pilots. This is often the proving ground for pilots until they earn a berth on a starship as a Flight Control Officer. They report to the Chief Support Craft Pilot.
The best pilots in Starfleet, they are responsible for piloting the starfighters in ship-to-ship battles, as well as providing escort for shuttles, and runabouts.
Group Commander The Group Commander is in charge of all things related to his group's fighters, generally a responsibility of over 96 starfighters. As well, the group commander is responsible for all the personnel assigned to the group on the ship/facility, and ensuring that maintenance work is carried on the craft by Engineering.
The Group Commander reports to the Commanding Officer or Executive Officer and is a member of the Senior Staff.
Wing Commander The Wing Commander is in charge of all things related to his wing's fighters, generally a responsibility of between 48 and 72 starfighters. As well, the wing commander is responsible for all the personnel assigned to the flight on the ship/facility, and ensuring that maintenance work is carried on the craft by Engineering.
Reports to the Group Commander. If the Wing Commander is the senior starfighter pilot assigned to the starship, starbase or facility they report to the Commanding Officer or Executive Officer and is a member of the Senior Staff.
Squadron Leader The Squadron Leader is in charge of all things related to his squadron's fighters, generally a responsibility of up to 24 starfighters. As well, the squadron leader is responsible for all the personnel assigned to the squadron on the ship/facility, and ensuring that maintenance work is carried on the craft by Engineering.
Reports to the Wing Commander. If the Squadron Leader is the senior starfighter pilot assigned to the starship, starbase or facility they report to the Commanding Officer or Executive Officer and is a member of the Senior Staff.
Flight Leader The Flight Leader is in charge of all things related to his flight's fighters, generally a responsibility of up to 8 starfighters. As well, the flight leader is responsible for all the personnel assigned to the flight on the ship/facility, and ensuring that maintenance work is carried on the craft by Engineering.
Reports to the Squadron Leader. If the Flight Leader is the senior starfighter pilot assigned to the starship, starbase or facility they report to the Commanding Officer or Executive Officer and is a member of the Senior Staff.
Fighter Pilot Specialized pilot, trained in all areas and aspects of fighter combat. They are also familiar with runabouts, shuttles and transports.
To be a fighter pilot the pilot must hold a rank from within the Warrant Officer Ranks or commissioned ranks.
Reports to the Flight Leader.
Tactical Systems Operator The Tactical Systems Operator (or TSO) is responsible for operating all offensive and defensive systems in fighters which have two operators. This frees the pilot to handle only the operation of the aerospacecraft. Most TSOs are also trained as pilots, for circumstances when the main pilot of the fighter is incapacitated or killed but the craft is still servicable. The TSO answers to the Flight Leader, and is generally subordinate to the Fighter Pilot operating his/her craft.
Because of the location of the TSO's seat in most fighters, the position is sometimes known as the 'back seater'.
Civilians (Cerberus Station)
Civilians play an important role in Starfleet. Many civilian specialists across a number of fields work on occasion with Starfleet personnel as a Mission Specialist. In other cases, extra ship and station duties, such as running the ship's lounge, are outsourced to a civilian contract.
Researcher When carrying out cut edge research Starfleet often calls upon the expertise of civilian specialists. Scientist When carrying out cut edge research Starfleet often calls upon the expertise of civilian specialists in a variety of fields. Bartender Whether it be for a quiet drink or a sympathetic ear to listen to them everyone ends up in the station lounge at one time or another. Chef Responsible for preparing all meals served in the Mess Hall and for the food during any diplomatic functions that may be held onboard. Family Member As a research station a small number of families have been allowed to join officers assigned to the station Shop Keeper As with all outposts a small civilian area has been established on the station to allow for the provision of services not normally provided by Starfleet such as cafes, barbers, tailors etc. Trader Although not an open port, certain traders are allowed limited access to the station to deliver supplies or to sell merchandise to local store owners.
USS Brattain (USS Brattain)
A number of the stations crew are used to augment the crew of the Brattain for standard operations, as a result the ship only has a small standing crew.
Ship Commanding Officer The commanding officer of a support ship often fills a primary duty aboard the station. Due to the ad hoc nature of missions the ship may be commanded by any member of the senior staff although the stations XO is the default officer in command. Ship Executive Officer The Executive Officer position aboard a station's support ship is a secondary duty assigned to an officer wishing to learn the ropes of starship command. As a result of the sporadic nature of the assignment and the possibility of an officers primary duty precluding them from fulfilling this position the officer commanding a support ship may select a replacement on an ad hoc basis. Chief Flight Control Officer Originally known as helm, or Flight Control Officer, CONN incorporates two job, Navigation and flight control. A Flight Control Officer must always be present on the bridge of a starship. S/he plots courses, supervises the computers piloting, corrects any flight deviations and pilots the ship manually when needed. The Chief Flight Control Officer is the senior most CONN Officer aboard, serving as a Senior Officer, and chief of the personnel under him/her. Chief Security/Tactical Officer The Chief Security Officer is called Chief of Security. Her/his duty is to ensure the safety of ship and crew. Some take it as their personal duty to protect the Commanding Officer/Executive Officer on away teams. She/he is also responsible for people under arrest and the safety of guests, liked or not. S/he also is a department head and a member of the senior staff, responsible for all the crew members in her/his department and duty rosters. Security could be called the 24th century police force.
The Chief of Security role can also be combined with the Chief Tactical Officer position.
Chief Operations Officer The Chief Operations Officer has the primary responsibility of ensuring that ship functions, such as the use of the lateral sensor array, do not interfere with one and another. S/he must prioritize resource allocations, so that the most critical activities can have every chance of success. If so required, s/he can curtail shipboard functions if s/he thinks they will interfere with the ship's current mission or routine operations. Chief Engineering Officer The Chief Engineer is responsible for the condition of all systems and equipment on board a Starfleet ship or facility. S/he oversees maintenance, repairs and upgrades of all equipment. S/he is also responsible for the many repair teams during crisis situations. Chief Medical Officer
Starfleet Command (Cerberus Station)
Starfleet Command is the central authority that all starships and starbases report too, they do however provide all vessels with logistical, technical and other support as needed.
Task Force 86 - Executive Officer The Task Group Commanding Officer (TGCO) is the first officer in the chain of command for advice and support, often assigned to a starbase or starship in the local vicinity.
USS Fearless (USS Fearless)
With a small crew and a need for high levels of maintenance the Fearless draws her crew from Cerberus' larger compliment.
Ship Commanding Officer Ship Executive Officer Chief Flight Control Officer Chief Security/Tactical Officer Chief Operations Officer Chief Engineering Officer Chief Medical Officer