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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 1914
11-17-2011, 10:42 PM
Originally Posted by Cpt_Richardson View Post
As someone who works in engineering IRL, it doesn't work like that. Diagnosing what the problem is is a key part of being a technician, and you will almost never find someone who only specializes in diagnosing problems instead of diagnosing them to fix them. Especially on a teeny tiny ship where you have limited berthing space, and any jobs you can combine would be combined.

And Damage Control and Maintenance are two sides of the same coin, and covered by the same principles. There are a few differences, but the vast majority of the work is the same.

And once again, dealing with antimatter is the HEART of working on a warp core, so why would you need to make your job more complicated by adding another step to the chain? It costs time in a crisis situation, and the whole point of a M/AM specialist's job is completely covered by the warp core specialist's own responsibilities, rendering them redundant, and needlessly specialized.

Once again, why is the crew so needlessly and redundantly specialized when it would cost efficiency and cause further issues when dealing with crisis situations?
As someone who has served in an Engineering function aboard an actual ship of the line, Damage Control is extremely different than maintenance. Damage Control is emergency control of damage in battle situations, which is a task handled not necessarily by engineers. Damage Control personnel are the firefighters, the people putting up emergency shoring, patching up holes in the ship (or sealing sections off if necessary), and rerouting power, water, steam, oil, whatever to contain the damage and keep it from spreading.

Maintenance has nothing to do with damage control. Maintenance is well, the regular maintaining of ship's equipment to make sure it's always functioning when you need it to. This is usually done by people in engineering related fields, but in the least by people that are expected to operate the equipment.

As for separate Matter/Antimatter Specialists and Warp Core Specialists; in our contemporary Naval Nuclear Field we have Mechanics, Electricians, and Technicians (also chemists, but they are technically mechanics too). They all work together to operate the power source for our ships. They all know a bit about what the others do, but mostly in how it relates to what they do. They all do very different things in working with that power source. They are not interchangeable. It does not add steps, it increases the amount of knowledge that individuals can focus on for specific areas instead of having to spread their knowledge to cover absolutely everything. With teamwork it shortens response times and increases effectiveness.