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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 1915
11-17-2011, 11:14 PM
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.
Well, you know, the Federation's at war (again), it may well be a Directive to carry both Maintenance and Damage Control crew - even on a smaller ship. Think about it: your average car mechanic can keep a car running, but probably couldn't keep it running if it were under major stress (like a race). Not the best of analogies, but it'll do.

And Damage Control and Maintenance are two sides of the same coin, and covered by the same principles.
Agreed, but that doesn't make it the same job.

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.
I see that as the difference between an organic chemist who deals with the properties of petrol (you can use it for more than just fuel) and the mechanic who deals with the engine using that petrol. Remember, Romulan ships used a contained quantum singularity as a power source, much like some cars run on hydrogen or even used cooking oil. The Dauntless used a nifty plasma ball. Borg cubes run on the repressed angst of assimilated drones.

My point is that antimatter and warp cores aren't mutually inclusive, there's just significant overlap. I'm sure somewhere out there is an antimatter expert involved in weapons manufacture, and somewhere else is a warp core expert designing a new warp core that runs on the fermented blood of infants. See? You can have one without the other.

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?
I don't think there's anything particularly redundant about having a crew member whose entire career focus relates to the fuelling of those vehicles which make interstellar society possible. Think of the antimatter specialist as the 25th-century version of a coal shoveller and all your problems will vanish in a puff of drive plasma.