Ghostlymage, there are many builds for each ship. this is a ship where you can go either cannons or beams or turrets. And yes the this carrier can use cannons. In my opinion I would use dual heavy cannons, but the choice is up to you. We here, all of us, are just giving you advice. I find that if you build the ship correctly you do not need to be eng for the extra heals. As of posting this I have 5 heals, and 3 more BO skills that I am thinking of changing. If you have any questions about my full build go ahead and ask, I just dont feel like doing it if nobody is going to read it.
Ghostlymage, you dont have to use tac team 1 & 2 if you have some money to spend. you can pick up a few blue, (or purple if you want) tac team DOFF. that frees up the luet. spot for rapid fire if you use cannons and/or turrets.