So I had no idea that in order for you BO to be able to use their skills you needed to have a console able to support their skils... I spent all my officer skill points on officers my ship doesnt come with consoles to support them. It took me a few hours of questing to get enough BO skill points to be able to skill up the officer my ship actually would support their 2nd lvl of skills.
I was wondering if the actual console mods you put on your ship make a difference or is the BO consoles ship specific? Having 5 BO's on my ship and only 1 of them being able to use 2nd lvl of skill sucks.
Your terminology is incorrect. Bridge officer stations would be more accurate. Each ship has predefined stations of specific ranks for your bridge officers.
Consoles are upgrades to your ship capabilities. Nothing to do whatsoever with your Bridge officer abilities. The nomenclature here is a bit flawed as consoles don't seem to indicate upgrades, however as they've already used devices I guess there's not much else you can name it.
If you have a BO who is say Lt. rank they will have 2 skills. If youre say, an escort. Then your Lt BO would need to be a Tac officer to use both skills. You would have 1 tac ensign, 1 tac Lt ,1 ensign Eng and an ensign Sci.
If youve promoted a BO to say Lt. and your ship cant use his ability then you need to wait until you get a higher tier ship.However ground skills can be used at any rank.