Department Heads & Bridge Officers & Science Sub-Department Heads
There are Department Heads (DH) and primary Bridge Officers (BO) on the Genesis. Examples of this set-up can be found in TNG and Voyager:
Deanna Troi was the only CNS on board, so she was no DH, yet she was present on the bridge in all important situations (sitting in the chair of the second officer no less, because
Data sat at the Science station). Ensign Kim was a constant bridge officer on the Voyager and operated the Ops station (which included comms). He often helped with work in both
Science and Engineering and reported directly to the XO. Tom Paris was a constant bridge officer at the helm in important situations, but during regular duty he worked as
a nurse in sickbay and he helped in Engineering whenever modifications to the Delta Flyer were necessary. He also reported to the XO.
These examples show that it is rather normal for bridge officers to sometimes take part in senior staff meetings. It is also logical, because the bridge officer are the first ones who need
to know what's going on in a mission, since they have to react quickly without hesitation of surprise.
The Manhatten class has a unique bridge design (click here to view it). The choice of bridge officers is based also on that.
The following are the descriptions of the DH's and BO's:
- Chief Medical Officer - He/she is in Main Sickbay 90% of the time, except in critical situations of a medical mission, when he/she is called to the bridge (Aux station).
His/her primary duty is to lead the medical department and guarantee the best possible treatment for all patients.
- Chief of Security - He/she is in his office or the training facilities 90% of the time, except in critical situations when a mission threatens to compromise the internal security
of the ship (Example: possible Intruders), when he/she is called to the bridge (Security Station).
His/her primary duty is to lead the security department and guarantee the best possible security of the ship and its crew, also on away missions. He/she can also man the tactical station on the
bridge in case there is no tactical officer. If an away mission requires security, he/she is usually part of the away team.
Department Heads & Bridge Officers
Chief Science - He/she is mainly in Main Science, but in critical situations he/she can also man the Science station on the bridge or delegate this task to a member of his department.
His/her primary duty is to lead the science department which is - on the Genesis - the largest department, since the Manhattan class is a science vessel and the science facilities are extensive,
including several decks. All Science Sub-Department Heads report to him/her.
Chief of Engineering - He/she is mainly in Main Engineering, but in critical situations he/she can also man the Engineering station on the bridge or delegate this task to a member of his department.
His/her primary duty is to lead the engineering department. All Engineering Sub-Department Heads report to him/her.
Other Swing Positions
- The Second Officer - whoever holds this position (this is a secondary position to the main position this player holds) has to be on the bridge in critical situations. He/she has their own seat & console (which can mirror all consoles on the bridge)
left to the CO's chair. He/she reports to the XO and CO.
Tactical Officer - He/she is maning the tactical console on the bridge during the day shift and in critical situations and is responsible to fill this slot during the night shift and his/her off-duty
hours (play an NE at tactical). He/she stands-in for the COS, IF the COS appoints him/her as his/her stand-in. He/she reports to the COS.
Operations Officer - He/she is maning the operations console on the bridge during the day shift and in critical situations and is responsible to fill this slot during the night shift and his/her off-duty
hours (play an NE at ops). He/she needs to know what is going on in both Engineering and Science (and help there if necessary). He/she reports to the their Department Head. He/she also handles internal and external communications, should there be
no com officer at the com station on the bridge.
Helm Officer - He/she is maning the Helm on the bridge during critical situations and is responsible to fill this slot at all other times (play an NE at the helm).
He/she also pilots the auxiliary spacecrafts on board and is responsible for it's maintenance requirements.
This is a secondary position to the main position this player holds in one of the four departments. He/she still reports to his/her department head, but has to be freed of his/her departmental duties,
should his/her duty as helm officer require it.
(These are not part of the standard senior staff, but are usually present at Senior Staff Meetings)
Chief Intelligence Officer - He/she is in his Office and liaising with the senior staff for various reasons. He/she is called to the bridge in critical situations
that require his/her presence. When on the bridge he/she can take any station depending on her profile and if the station is not manned by a Bridge Officer already. He/she reports to the XO.
Counselor - He/she is mainly in his/her office. He/she is called to the bridge in critical situations
that require his/her presence. He/she reports to the XO.
Captain's Aide / Yeoman - He/she is mainly in his/her office. He/she helps the CO, XO and 2O with administrational tasks. As such he/she has the same security
clearance as the 2O, which is even a bit more than a DH has. He/she reports to the CO.
Science Sub-Department Heads
These are not part of the standard senior staff, but the Manhatten Class is the largest Science cruiser in Starfleet and its
Science Department and facilities are so extensive that the CSO can appoint Sub-Department Heads as she/he sees fit, with approval of the CO.
The following Sub-Departments can be filled with a Sub-DH appointment:
Robotics & Cybernetics This is a Subdepartment shared between Science and Engineering
Computer Sciences (including AI, VR and Holotechnology) This is a Subdepartment shared between Science and Engineering
Xeno Botany This includes Hydroponics, Botany, Agronomy, Agrobiology - everythig that is Flora
Xeno Biology This includes Physiology, Biology, Zoology, Animal Anatomy & Physiology - everythig that is Fauna. This is a Subdepartment shared between Science and Medical
Cosmology This includes Astrophysics, Astronomy, Stellar Cartography, Astrometrics
Planetary Sciences This includes Geology, Hydrology, Volcanology, Meteorology
Physics & Chemistry This includes Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Temporal Sciences
Sub-Department Heads report to the CSO and are responsible for the labs that belong to their Sub-Department as well as all Scientists that work within their Subdepartment.