Still at the Lt. Cmdr level but I've had limited success with 'emergency power to weapons', 'fire at will' and weapon battery combo. I say "limited" because it won't really be effective without some coordination with the rest of your group.
Basically I try to go in first at an angle with full power to weapons. Hit the closest guy and turn broadside to the group. When enough are in range I hit 'fire at will'.
Once the battle is joined, I continue going one way, keeping my head on as swivel while manually switching targets and putting a little phaser fire on them to keep their attention. Give the bigger boys in the group special treatment, and be sure to check the target of my target area in the HUD overhead to make sure they aren't straying to poke at someone squishy. Torpedoes get fired off at targets of opportunity as they pass through the front or rear. Tap a weapon batt if you have a particularly stubborn guy that won't turn your way. If your escort is shooting at something (which they always are) don't bother fighting for aggro on that target because you won't win. Instead, focus on everything he's not shooting at.
In the mean time, the rest of my group goes the other way. All the while focus firing on a single target to pull it off and kill it away from the rest of the enemy ships (in theory. in practice the smaller ships tend to fly all over the frigging place, but just make sure to your focus on the enemy cruisers and battleships).
When it's down to the last few ships I go weapons power full and bump up 'emergency power to weapons' for extra oomph, which usually nets the last few kills.
This works great if your team will work together. Breaking the tank group and the kill group in two separate directions lets the tankers know what needs to be shot at by way of which directions the green beams are flying and enemy ship facings. However, it will not work so great (or at all) if your escort(s) is determined to fly straight into the middle and sit there to randomly shoot at anything in front of him.
hi, I'm building a Tank and have the defense part down pat,,, now just need to figure out best way to get and hold aggro off DPS ships??? any help would be appreciated..
rush in, they like to take out escorts and science ships first (were talking pvp right?) but if your a lonesome cruiser, or more than 10k they will usually attemt a gank, to kill you in a few seconds
i use this technique with reverse shield polarity, which basically gives you 15 second immunity from energy weapons, and during that time any energy weapons fired at you recharges your shields so they pretty much stay full to deal with other weapons, thats usually enough time to drop their shields and stick a couple of quantums into their hull....but sometimes they run away...