Starship Operators are controllers and pilots of the ships of the Star Army of Yamatai. Being Starship Ops generally means being on the bridge of a starship. Starship Operators wear uniforms with gray panels.
Although the exact jobs and seating arrangements change from ship to ship, Ship Operators - while capable of sitting any seat, theoretically - are often divided into four general, overall task groups on the bridge, simplified here:
Manning the Systems and Safety Monitoring station on the bridge, starship operators assigned to ship systems are responsible for adjusting the ship's combined field system for propulsion, shields, and stealth; for ship systems such as generators, capacitors, weapons, and STL propulsion, for monitoring the ship's overall condition in regards to functionality; for damage control and communicating with technicians, and to maintain onboard ship security.
In combat, the person in this position reports shield and hull integrity.
Combat Systems and Weapons Arrays handle the targeting and scanning systems during combat, assisted by the ship's computer. The function of this position is relatively simple: shoot the enemies.
OOC Note: This is a great job for a player that loves to describe explosions.
This position, sometimes manned by a science officer, is responsible scientific surface and space scanners, communications with other ships, and management of the ship's electronic warfare suite.
OOC Note: Scans should be posted as in-character actions, so that the Game Master can know what to post for results. If a GM posts results without being ask, it can result in the player having to echo the GM, which is not very interesting for the player.
The Ship's Pilot/Navigator usually handles piloting and navigating, both inside and outside of combat situations. In practice, some ship captains take this position.
Because most Star Army ships are very fast and very small, they can get out of the way of most incoming attacks. It is up to the pilot to ensure that it happens. In combat, an inattentive pilot can lead to more damage to the ship.
The starship operator should have a pretty intimate relationship with her computer. While an engineer may become friends with the MEGAMI, the comm/sensor specialist is always attached to a terminal, in constant contact with MEGAMI. The starship operator's job, indeed, IS to understand and be the MEGAMI's friend. In time, MEGAMI should be able to relate to the specialist, and may, in fact, pick up some of his/her quirks. Focus on developing this relationship when you have difficulty coming up with 'adventurous' or 'technical' things to do. Make this something special, a connection that only someone who constantly talks and is in contact with the MEGAMI should have.