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Posted Aug. 5, 2020, 5:04 a.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Acadia LeBlanc (Engineer) (Melissa Aragon)

Posted by Lieutenant Mikel Petrov (Chief Engineer) in Engineering

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Acadia LeBlanc (Engineer) in Engineering

Posted by Lieutenant Mikel Petrov (Chief Engineer) in Engineering

SNIP

Acadia went to the prescribed console and read back thru the logs of the last 3 purges to see what had happened, good, bad and indifferent. She noticed the setting for checking on the polarization saturation. Satisfied she was ready, she switched to the program and began.

She would first make sure the system was within tolerance and that a quick dry run meant the program hadn’t acquired any bugs or program glitches. She ran the program to deionize the particles. Then she would check to be sure there were none that were off or unstable and that the entire batch would be able to reionize without a problem. As she waited for the results, she hummed softly. Because each step took some time, she spent the time in between with the AI trying to get to ‘know it’ and see what made it the help to the ship that it was. A small laugh curled up her lips. “Pity you aren’t sentient enough to understand my needs and simply do them, with far more accuracy than the humble peckings of a mere mortal.” She laughed and waited for the results to come back on whether all the particles were suitable to for reionization.

Acadia
Eng/AI Spec

Her calculations were almost perfect and everything looked ready to introduce again into Converter 6. However this was not the first time Petrov had given this “test” to engineers. If she thought merely looking at the old flushes that were successful was sufficient she would get a surprise. Mikel always created a purposeful error in the calculation and then “cheated” the program to make it appear as if it would be successful.

Not a one of his engineers passed yet. They had a chance, each on of them, and it was at this step they failed. Every particle of plasma was correctly ionized except one. Even that one looked ok at first pass but it had an unstable electron in it. One electron in a sea of electrons in a sea of particles. However if it passed into the converter it would, in less than 15 minutes cause the cascade failure. The only way to catch it was a magnatronic quantum scan as each particle passed toward the converter. It was not standard practice and was not in the program. She would have to think of it on the fly. The science and engineering was there and real. Would she think of it. It was, in effect, Mike Petrov’s Kubiashi Maru.

Petrov CE

Acadia sat there waiting for the first step to finish. Glancing around the room she noticed no one paying particular attention to her, other than the occasional ‘new girl’ glances and a couple sly smiles from the men. “Simple tasks for simple minds…” she murmured to herself. That’s when it hit her. Petrov knew she was there to be more than a simple engineer. So why did he claim this was a ‘orientation’ when it was a simple purge and reset? “Cause it’s not simple....”

She went back over the specs and frowned. Shaking her head, she knew something had to be amiss. “Well, let’s see just what he’s done.” She set the scan for magnatronic quantum scan to one particle scan. Each particulate would be scanned as it moved back towards the ionizing chamber. But instead of taking the computer’s word it was good, she would cycle them twice on this level. They would effectively have to pass the test two times to be accepted. She was certain, now, that something odd was here that she had to find. So now she went over every step, every spec, every reading. Nothing was acceptable merely because it was ‘within limits’. She would read the logs and take a little longer than usual because something told her ‘within tolerance’ wouldn’t be good enough for this Chief.

Acadia
Eng/AI Spec
(your choice if I find it… but she’s looking now for ‘something’ to be wrong)

The first pass produced a stable result. The second pass showed a so slight variation but the scan did not detect the actual electron. Just a .001 variance in stability for the overall scan results. The only way now was to “blast” the particles with a electron magnetometer destabilizer. No one ever did this because it caused an inefficiency loss and some good particles would be lost lowering the yield. However it was absolutely the only way to fix the problem without allowing a destabilized electron through.

Petrov was amazed she had caught the MQ Scan and impressed. No one had. He was certain she would miss the fix by not wanting to sacrifice the efficiency.

OOC: Hey Im open to whatever outcome you truly believe your character can produce. Its on you.

Petrov CE

Had it been an ordinary check, Acadia would have let it slide. It was only a .001 difference. But the fact the Chief had given it to her, and getting to know his pickiness for perfection, .001 behind wasn’t acceptable. She would actually risk the efficiency to catch up on the difference. Sighing that the man would have to learn that the word ‘tolerance’ was there for a reason, she set the program and watched as it slammed the particles with a nice dose of the electron magnetometer destabilizer. “Aha… gotcha…” she murmured, catching the particle out and smiling.

Adjusting for it and resetting everything, she once more ran the program. When it came up ‘perfect’ she set it to finish the cycle. It would take a little more than an extra half hour to run the additional steps, but it was worth it to know she had caught the ‘dead’ particle.

Nearly two hours had passed when she walked back into the Chief’s office and set the PaDD down on his desk with the results on it. “There you are, Chief. You’ll have to show me, sometime, how you managed to isolate that single particle. Nice trick.” She laughed slightly and sat down in the chair across from him. “So besides ‘utter perfection’, what else would you expect of me during my time here?” She raised a teasing eyebrow at him and smiled.

Acadia
Eng/AI Spec

To say that Mikel was shocked was an understatement. He probably gave that away before he regained complete composure.

“If you expect the unexpectant then its just the expected.” He said mimicking something his father used to always say to him when he failed. However in a not so nice manner.

“Your the first to ever catch it and not question that the inefficiency was the only solution.” He said looked at the PaDD again. “You see Lt. JG Enerta, the Farian. He is second shift officer in charge. His engineering skills have proven repeatedly to be sub par as well as his ability to manage these laggards.”

He picked up another PaDD, typed some commands into it and handed it to her.

“Your now the second shift officer in charge. Go relieve him.” He said handing the orders to her with his outstretched hand.

Petrov CE

She smiled and cocked her head. “If others didn’t catch it and accepted the inefficiency then obviously they aren’t familiar with the ship or her Chief.” She laughed lightly at his comments.

When he mentioned the Farian, Acadia nodded. “I recall him. Came in when I was,” she grinned brighter, “poking around yesterday. I will take care of it. Would you like him to remain on second or be changed to another shift?” She took the PaDD and tapped a couple things out on it to set it to her preferences as she ran down the list of those on that shift. “And who else shall I keep an eye on? Something tells me that even a .001 tolerance, whether in the ship or its personnel, is not something you are crazy about.” She watched him for his reaction. She liked him and could see him as a good mentor for her own ‘Chief chair’ someday. Till then, this was one of the best stationing choices she could have made. At least, that’s what she thought right now. Time would tell.

Acadia
Eng/AI Spec

“As for the Farian assign him as you wish but he is an underperformer.” He answered. “Keep an eye on the XO if he shows up in Engineering and tell me what happens if he does. Also that officer assigned to mess with that infernal drive welded to the ship accidentally on purpose. I don’r recall the name.”

He wondered how she was take the idea of letting him know if and when the XO showed up and what transpired. He had a ready back story for her but was not inclined to give it at the moment. Let him see how ready she was to climb the CE ladder. Would she keep an eye on a questionable XO to do it or not?

Petrov CE

Acadia listened and nodded to the instructions. “I think some extra training for Enerta should be in order. I’ll see who best to assign him to and send have him do some remedial training, Chief. And I’ll see to the other as well. As to the XO, may I ask why you wish him watched?” A half sly smile touched the edge of her lips. “I mean, do I need to worry about sabotage or merely for the ‘safety’ of your, our… Second in Command?” The way it was phrased, either answer would suffice, but something in the tone would let him know the second answer she would know was a shine on.

Acadia
Eng/AI Spec

“Sometimes the new XO’s lack of engineering knowledge gets in his own way and more importantly ours. His objectives might not be our objectives. Just report what he says and does when in engineering Lt. That will be fine.” Mikel said trying to take the conspiracy theory tone out of it. In reality he wanted every bit of ionformation on the Xo in order to facilitate his downfall for his little disrespect stunt he had played.

Petrov CE

Acadia hadn’t gotten this far on following blindly, or being dense. There was more to this than Petrov was letting on. But she would let him have his information. She would just make sure whatever happened down the line, she wasn’t caught in the back blow. “Of course, Chief. In the name of safety and education, of course.” She moved to the door and laughed. “And for the record, I don’t just fetch coffee for anyone. So don’t make it a habit.” She winked and disappeared into the bay to begin her supervisory duties.

Acadia
Eng/AI Spec


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