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Old March 26 2013, 03:37 PM   #9
Re: When did Chief O'Brien become and engineer?

Transporter chief is an engineering position.

I would assume that "lower ranking" personnel is always specialized in some way.

Just like a starship's Science department consists of astronomers, anthropologists, exo-biologists and so on, the Engineering crew has transporter technicians, warp field specialists etc. Only the department heads and maybe their deputies deal with all scientific or engineering matters in a general way. On the Enterprise-D, O'Brien he just wasn't serving as a department head, while on DS9 he was.
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