Your Argument is invalid, I don't care if it's a cruiser. The Enterprise-D was an explorer, yet your telling me that William Riker was an engineer becauses the Enterprise-D is a cruiser? that's silly
Please change this soon Cryptic because I am totally regretting buying the Ody pack when it came out today since I got my Science to VA and realized that it would be worthless in this ship.
there is a engineer variant, tactical variant and a science variant. the universal LTC and ENSIGN slots alllow one to tailor any of the variants to one's desires, regardless if it is a cruiser .
so you as a science player could use the science variant and mount 2 sci BOffs (LTC and LT)
and still have a commander Eng BOff slot, a Ensign BOff slot and a LT tactical BOff slot.
Its still a cruiser though and thats how the game is divided in the three classes
Cruiser= primarily engineer
Science = primarily science
Escort = primarily tactical
If I remember correctly Riker used to wear yellow...and your doing something wrong if you feel worthless just because your commander slot is for a engineer.
In real star trek, the uniform colours indicated different things than STO:
Gold: Command / Officers of the Line
Red: Engineering and Operations / Security
Blue: Science and Medical
Red: Command / Officers of the Line
Gold: Engineering and Operations/Security
Blue -> Green: Science and Medical
Before Picard wore red, he would have likely worn blue as he was an Archeologist.
Worf wore Command red until switching career paths and donning Operations gold until reaching DS9 where he switched career paths again and wore Command red again.
Canonical ship captains, XOs and other line officers wore red, regardless of their initial career path.
Also, the engineering commander slot on your ship doesn't necessarily mean that it is your XO, just that you have an engineer that is ranked commander who is controlling the engineering station.
I personally would prefer that every captain wore Command red. Tactical, Engineering/Operations and science/medical would be a specialisation; something from the captain's previous career path upon which they choose to focus. Perhaps in the tutorial mission, your character would wear his division colour until reaching ESD where the Admiral would make the transfer to command official and you go to the costume tailor to select your new red uniform.
Then again, I am quite fond of my "Command White" uniform. :p