|Access: Engineering, Power Equipment, Tech Storage, External airlocks, Construction Site, Maintenance, Telecoms|
Additional Access: Atmospherics
Supervisors: Chief Engineer
Duties: Start the Supermatter, wire the solars, repair station hull and wiring damage, do the job of the (always) incompetent atmos techs. Basically, do everything that has anything to do with repairs.
Guides: Engineering items, Guide to construction, Guide to advanced construction, Guide to power, Singularity Engine, Supermatter Engine, Tesla Engine, Solars, Hacking, Guide to Telecommunications, Guide to the Antimatter Engine
Quote: I'll fix the power as soon as I'm off my lunch break.
As an engineer, you are effectively an assistant on steroids, and need not fear any electrical hazards thanks to your insulated gloves. Your actions will affect the station, for good or for ill, much more profoundly than a mere assistant can. What sets you apart from the rest of the crew on the station is that you are the most equipped for constructing objects and machinery, repairing structural damage, and are best equipped crewmembers for E.V.A. missions in the cold of Space.
Bare minimum requirements: Fix hull breaches, fix cables/APCs if power goes out in an area. Know how Solars and SMES work. Resist the temptation to run off with a hardsuit at roundstart.
Basic skills: Set up the engine without killing everyone. Fix airlocks and rebuild machines. Familiarize yourself with Hacking.
Advanced skills: Detect and fix sabotage - Telecomms, the engine, power sinks. Know enough about Atmospherics to stop a plasma flood, and prevent a waste surge.
Take a look around engineering as the first thing you do, and see how many fellow engineers you have. If there's a ton, you probably don't want to snatch up everything that isn't nailed down. Don't fight over hardsuits. Don't try to break into the middle of a task someone has already begun: trying to fill plasma tanks at the same time as another person usually ends up filling engineering with plasma, and trying to turn on containment at the same time as someone is often lethal.
Be nice and courteous and you'll often be treated well, curse people out for their incompetence or how slow they are and people aren't going to rush to your retrieve your corpse when syndicates blow your head off on the solars.
Engineers have to carry a lot of equipment to perform their various tasks. The job is a lot easier if you carry around what you need so you don't constantly have to be running back to engineering for each step of a repair process.
Here's a suggestion how you can be prepared for shit on the space station:
Screwdriver, wrench, wirecutters, multitool, cable coil, crowbar, welding tool.
Internals box, welding helmet, metal, glass, high-capacity power cell.
Breath mask, epinephrine medipen, T-ray scanner, airlock electronics, power control module, cable coil, flashlight.
Some of this you start with, some you need to collect. The items you pick up are:
- Insulated Gloves: Your most prized possession, these puppies protect you from shock. Engineers work with insane amounts of electricity, and it's easy to put yourself into crit if you tap into the main engine line without remembering to put them on. Always grab a pair of gloves. There's a few pairs laying around engineering, and more in the electrical closet. Lock the closet when you're done unless you want the clown and mime to steal all the remaining pairs.
- Industrial Welding Tool: Grab this from the welding locker next to the electronics locker; it has double the capacity of a normal welding tool. Throw the normal one you have on the floor to be like every engineer ever (or put it away neatly for bonus points from the CE).
- Welding Mask: You need this to avoid going blind while welding. Note if you have the hardsuit on, it works as a welding mask you don't have to flip up/flip down.
- Metal & Glass: Basic building blocks. Carrying just one stack each is generally fine; convert it into floor tiles, bars, or reinforced glass as necessary. If you take one stack to yourself, pay close attention to the radio so you know where they are needed.
- Engineering Scanner Goggles These have three modes: Meson mode allows vision of structures and terrain through walls; T-ray mode allows vision of objects beneath flooring such as cables and pipes; and Radiation mode reveals objects contaminated from radiation.
- Gas mask: Basically the same function as a breath mask, but with the added bonus of protecting you from pepper spray, acid sprays to the face (once), and some of the diseases the virologist inevitably releases. Also keeps you on your feet a little longer in high concentrations of N2O, so make sure you have one in your inventory if not on your face for roleplay reasons. Note, syndicate voice changer looks exactly like it, so don't be surprised if Security asks you to take off your mask to verify you are who you say you are. You can find them in engineering lockers, laying around in engineering and in maintenance tunnels.
- Extended-capacity emergency oxygen tank: These canisters hold a LOT of air. The hardsuits can hold full-sized canisters which hold more, but two of these filled up in your bag and there's very little chance of you ever running out of air. To fill up: place it in the oxygen tank, click the oxygen tank and turn the pressure all the way up, open the valve, then close the valve. Once you're sure it's closed, remove the tank. Click the tank in your hand and lower the mask pressure to 16 KPA, which will give you the most possible use.
- Power Cell: Needed to repair a fully broken APC, or just get an APC working in a drained area. Good to have one on hand.
- Inducer: The Electromagnetic Power Inducer can be used to charge objects like APCs, cyborgs, and energy-based weapons without replacing their power cells.
- Rapid Construction Device: RCDs can be used to create or destroy simple objects such as walls, doors and windows without using tools on them. Cannot construct/deconstruct reinforced walls.
- Flashlights: These light up the area, even in your pockets. Two flashlights in your pockets and your helmet light on and you'll light up a huge area, very helpful to general crew when you're doing repairs in a freshly-darkened crater so they don't walk into the vacuum and freeze.
- Hazard Vest: An archetypal item, it serves no purpose except roleplay and that you can buckle an extended capacity emergency oxygen tank to it. Definitely do so if you aren't in a hardsuit or firesuit.
- Airlock electronics: You need this to construct an airlock. Having one on hand can save you a long trip back if you run across a broken door. Some by the metal and supplies, and one by the SMES modules.
- T-ray Scanner: Click on it on your hand to activate. When activated it will reveal wires and pipes under the flooring, as well as Critters and Creatures inside pipes. Works in pockets and on your belt.
Firesuits can no longer be carried in bags, and it's unsafe to firefight without them, so just run to the nearest firefighter closet in the advent of a fire to gear up -- There is one close to nearly everything everywhere in the station, learn their locations.
Note that some of these are for roleplay reasons only. Roleplay too determines if you're a good engineer or not -- When talking with people face to face, pop the helmet off and carry it a bit -- hardsuits look pretty cool without the helmet on. Write down things you figure out like the door wires and photocopy them, distribute to the other engineering staff as a memo. Engineers have some great roleplay as the people that fix everything when everything else is going to hell. Take advantage of that camraderie and the ludicrous nature the situations you will find yourself in. A robotic mute-guy-fixing-everything playing style is efficient of course, but it isn't nearly as fun for everyone.
You have a few things you should do, if you don't want to be robusted, before doing what you want to do. Repairing things is what engineers do, and so is setting the station with power. Without any engineers doing a little work, the station will crumble.
This is an extremely important task. Luckily, it is laughably simple. Make certain you follow the instructions precisely; an engineer who accidentally unleashes the fury of a supermatter engine is not a popular person.
Working on the Solars
Read the guide, make sure you have wire, internals and a space suit. Best of luck.
Is there a hole in the wall? Are floor tiles broken? Did an idiot break a window to get into the medbay? Are people complaining about electrified doors? Are cables torn up leading to an APC? Are the APC's themselves fried? Is it more than thirty seconds into the round? The answer to two or more of these is always yes.
Quit reading "The Lusty Xenomorph Maid" and get to work!
The main engine and/or the solars provide more than enough energy to fully power a state-of-the-art space station -- unless something goes wrong, which it almost always will. Whether it's due to shoddy wiring, a powersink, a bomb, an assistant cutting cables, a loose singularity or simple engineer laziness, power outages are a common problem that is your, YES, YOUR, job to fix. See that Power Monitoring computer? If people complain of power outages, it should always be the first port of call -- assuming it hasn't already been devoured by the rampaging maw of Lord Singuloth.
See the guide to power to learn how to into power and, more importantly, how to fix everything.
It's your job to save lives when they cry out for help.
Engineers get access to maintenance hallways, which contain several firesuits and extinguishers. If a fire breaks out somewhere, put it out. Firesuits allow you to walk in almost any fire. Extinguishers have a limited capacity. Refill them with water tanks, which can be found all around the station.
If someone cries that he can't get out of somewhere and no one can get him out, then it's your job to do so. Hacking airlocks, deconstructing walls, basically whatever it takes to get to them. I don't need to point out that you should never put others or yourself at risk in doing so!
A body's been spaced? Now it's your job to recover it. Ask the AI or captain to get a jetpack and space suit from EVA and go after the body. You'll most frequently find bodies either somewhere near the derelict or the AI satellite. Drag them to a teleporter and get them back to the station. The use of lockers will help greatly, as lockers do not drift like bodies do, but cannot travel across Z-levels. ALWAYS have tools, glass and metal with you when doing this! Some teleporters need to be rebuilt and some bodies float around randomly and need floor tiles to be build in their path to actually stop
- The engineering hardsuit has 75% radiation protection. CE's hardsuit has 90%. Atmos hardsuit has 25%. RD's and CMO's have 60%. If working near an active Supermatter Engine, use a radiation suit instead.
- Engines can be wired directly into the power grid; in the SMES rooms, each one has an input and an output. Connecting the two will cause the power to bypass the SMES cells. This is extremely dangerous, and can caused shocked doors to instantly put people into critical condition.
- Arriving half an hour into the round and nobody's set up power? Chances are all the SMES cells can be drained. However, you can still power Emitters and other equipment by loading the PACMAN generator with plasma, wiring it up and setting its output to full power.
- The P.A.C.M.A.N-type generators can each hold 450 sheets of their respective fuels once fully upgraded. Their fuel types and maximum upgraded outputs are as follows:
- P.A.C.M.A.N generator (Plasma) = 60000 W
- S.U.P.E.R.P.A.C.M.A.N generator (Uranium) = 180000 W
- M.R.S.P.A.C.M.A.N generator (Diamonds) = 480000 W
- Cell chargers give power to inserted cells faster than it takes power from the APC, meaning it generates some power from nothing, and you can alternate between two cell and keep an APC running forever! The wonders of space engineering.
- To get maximum camera coverage, you only have to place one camera every fifteen tiles. If there's a wall between them, use an analyzer on the assembly after you weld it to the wall to create an xray camera. Otherwise, count seven tiles from where the previous camera disappears from view and build a camera there.
- It is possible to upgrade the AI's cameras by using certain items: analysers confer X-ray vision, potentially allowing the AI to observe Maintenance areas; proximity sensors give their effect to the camera, alerting the AI when someone walks by. Plasma sheets will cause the camera to become EMP-proof.
- You can use an airlock circuit in your hand to modify its access requirements. Necessary if you're rebuilding doors to restricted areas such as the armory or bridge.
- For most construction/deconstruction operations (Mining, wrenching chairs/tables, deconstructing walls) you can click on multiple spaces to take things apart or build multiple things at a time.
- You can put windows directly on grilles by using a glass/reinforced glass sheet on them.
- You can screwdriver wooden flooring to remove it without breaking it.
- You can turn one color of wire into another color easily, so long as you have at least one piece of the color you want: You can transfer wires from a stack of another color you have to change their color.
- Need to set up the Supermatter? No CE or AI to open secure storage? Turn off the APC's main power breaker and crowbar the blast doors open. Keep in mind that this will also shut down pumps and filters.