Engineering as expected shows detailed information about the ship’s systems. This graphic is not complete, but does show all the various items that will be available to the engineer (not all system have all items, but all items are shown on eat least one system as an example).
(A) Ship Status
Like other stations, engineering has a simplified engineering overview to show general ship status. This is mostly so the engineer can quickly know what other stations see. The data in in this summary is detailed on the rest of the screen.
(B) Engine Power
This represents the state of the ship’s main power generation system. The engine converts fuel into power. The power is then sent over the power bus to the various systems. Engine use generates heat. Heat is directed to the cooling system for disposal. The engine can be run at different levels of operation, generating more or less power, with corresponding changes in fuel conception and heat generation.
(C) Coolant System
This represents the state of the ship’s coolant system. The cooling system removes heat from the engine and other systems. To do this it uses coolant. The engineer can allocate more or less coolant to systems as needed. The core coolant system is only able to remove a fixed amount of heat from the ship at a time. Additional heat is stored by the coolant system as coolant temperature. As the coolant temperature rises, the coolant system becomes less efficient at removing heat from systems. Damage to systems may cause coolant to be lost and also affect the system’s ability to remove heat. Additional coolant reservoirs are available. These reserves can be pumped into the coolant system or filled from the coolant system as needed. The temperature of the reserves are independent of the main coolant supply when they are disconnected, and thus can be flushed (ejected from the ship) to quickly remove large amounts of heat quickly, at the cost of coolant capacity.
(D) Power Bus
The power bus is responsible for distributing power from the engine to attached systems. The bus is capable of a nominal level of power transfer without issue, but if the power needs of systems are increased, the bus will generate heat. The bus contains links to each attached system (not shown). Damage to the bus can sever power connections to systems and the engineering crew may be required to repair or reroute power from or through adjacent systems to restore functionality.
(E) Motion Display
Engineering has the same motion display as navigation, just without the flight assist or all stop controls.
(F) System Displays
The bulk of the engineering console is the various system displays.
Each system is grouped by function, propulsion, weapons, defense, and suplimental. Each system has controls to set the desired power draw, coolant, heat, and damage status. All systems have one or more sub systems that can be damaged (shown as the single letter boxes to the right). As systems are damaged, these displays indicate what parts of the systems are damaged (details are shown when hovering over each item) as well as the status of any backup’s the sub system may have. Damage may reduce efficiency, increase power requirements, increase heat, or shutdown a system completely until it is repairs. Assigned repair teams are shown underneath each system during repairs.
Some systems can be overdriven/overclocked by forcing them to draw more power from the bus. If the power is available the system will increase its performance at the cost of heat generation. If the cooling system is unable to remove the heat quickly enough the system will overheat and cause possible damage to sub-systems. Not all systems can be overdriven or generate significant heat.
System details posted below
(G) Shield Inspector
Engineering gets a copy of the shield inspector as well, to help them balance shield power based on incoming weapons fire.
(H) Damage Control (TBD)
This sections show available damage control teams and there current assignments. Additional crew may be assigned to damage control from the communications station (TBD). Damage to systems that are being repaired may injure damage control team members who will then have to be sent to medical, and managed by the communications officer or captain.
This section shows all available stores, including motions and spare parts used for repairs and jury rigging.