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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 8
02-11-2010, 12:12 PM
To the OP:

http://theenginescannaetakeit.wordpr...basics/#skills

This is a link to a very good article of how skills work in STO.

Basically, "Starship Engineering Training" is a skill that effects certain specific abilities either by magnitude, duration or both. I am not sure how many abilites yet, but it's probably quite a few. All the Techie trait does is add a +10 bonus to that skill that on top of what is gained through other means (skill points, consoles, etc.)