Well your first mistake was investing anything into ground. If you want that kind of confined and limited gameplay just stick to wow. Space PVP is where healing would be useful, those escorts need it badly. So you can at least still heal somewhere in this game.
Hmm.. thank you for the info.. maybe I will reroll an engineer before it is to late =\
dont knock science officers just yet, you do get some handy skills to play with on the ground which used well can really make your character shine.
Cant remember the name of the kit im using offhand, comes with Gravimetric shift as standard with a bonus knockdown wave thingy, both of which are awesome for those times when you either want to root a few people (with a fair chance of an expose) or clear yourself some breathing space and blast everything nearby out of melee range.
Engineer shields and turrets are wonderful and pretty, but wiping out half a klingon squad in 1 shot with a lucky grav-shift rooting/exposing a couple of people and a quick blast from a split beam phaser/disrupter rifle to disintigrate them all.... well thats just priceless imho.
Have to admit i've not played engineers at all, but from playing tactical and science now, both in CB, OB and headstart, have to say that in most cases, one toon at your level is just as squishy as another and heals just aren't that big a deal compared to a well placed root or buff.
I think the most important thing to remember here is, that Cryptic, Atari or there developers have called it healing. The people that call it healing are people trying to make an understanding by comparing it to other games. Lets give this class some fresh perspective. You are a support class and you will be providing alot of dps along with helping your fellow captains maintain their own crew and ships. In fact this class is supposed to be the most challanging and interactive class of the game. Non challange seekers need not apply and if you must compare it to wow think of a shaman speced evenly in all three tree's!
I'm always for having a healer with me, I'm a close combat specialist.
Please forgive me for saying this, but if you're the kind of "specialist" that needs a doctor around to keep you alive you're probably more of a "closed combat fan who gets hit a lot and needs more practice" than an actual specialist per se.
Maybe a Casualty specialist...
Sorry lol, I really couldnt resist, no harm intended....