|Access: Atmospherics, Maintenance|
Qualifications: At least 25 years of age, applicable Bachelors degree or 7 years experience in engineering-related field.
Relevant Education: Ceres University - Hongsun Park Engineering Institute - Shastar Technical University
Supervisors: Chief Engineer
Duties: Ensure the air is breathable on the station, fight fires, repair pipes, help out the Engineers.
Guides: Guide to Construction, Guide to Atmospherics
As an Atmospheric Technician, what you do is rather simple. Firstly, your stations atmospherics system starts up and running, but there is always room for improvement. Secondly, if there is any sort of environmental disaster, head off and fix it! Most of the crew requires air to survive and a good atmospheric tech can change the flow of an entire round. You have your tools, your engineering headset, portable and mobile pipe dispensers, several space heaters, and atmospheric survival equipment. When things get quiet, sit back and start your own little projects, usually consisting of plotting ways to flood the station with a variety of toxic gases or the finding the exact amount of high powered pumps to crash that power supply and yell at the inferior engineers.
This is your home. This is your motherland. Atmosia loves you, and you love Atmosia. Treat her right, and she'll never leave you hanging or gasping.
Atmosia is a beautiful land of pipes and various bits of atmospheric regulation equipment. Here, you'll find the pipes that distribute gas to the rest of the station, the means to control that gas, the supplies to keep that gas moving, breathable, and on the station rather than out in the vacuum of space, and the computers that will let you monitor the atmosphere on the whole station or remotely control them. Ever wondered why cargo loves wearing the Ushanka? Probably has to do with an atmos tech making their workplace a freezer with a button on their console.
At first glance, the tangled mess of pipes that is Atmosia proper can seem intimidating. Don't let that frighten you. Atmosia is not nearly as confusing as she seems - and she is well worth the effort. If you are in need of a little training jump in as engineering apprentice and have someone explain the basics to you once or twice, before starting to yell at them for constantly stealing your pipe dispenser.
Your job is air. You keep the station breathing. Without you, this place would suffocate while sucking on hard vacuum. Or freeze to death. Or die of depressurization. Or catch on fire. Or poison itself with phoron. You get the picture.
In more specific terms, though, you have two primary duties: keeping the station's atmospheric systems running at full capacity and taking care of any specific atmospheric problems that pop up on the station. This means that you refill areas that have been depressurized, drain areas that have overpressurized, filter out toxic gases, fight fires, and any number of other things. See the Guide to Atmospherics for more details.
Repressurizing an area that has lost some of its atmosphere is the most common task you'll face as an Atmospheric Technician. Areas usually undergo depressurization when something exposes them to the cold void of space. This causes all of its atmosphere to rush out, along with anything unlucky enough to be caught in the windstorm. Coordinate with your fellow engineers. They can repair the walls while you lay out your majestic pipes or drag along another pipe dispenser. It is usually good to have them aware that you are active and able to fix the atmos issue while they focus on changing lightbulbs.
After your engineering buddies have taken care of a hull breach, it'll be your job to refill the area and make it breathable. This can be done by using the Air Alarms mounted on the walls in most areas, as well as the local vents and scrubbers. Atmosia, fortunately, is largely self-regulating; after a hull breach is sealed and the system is set to filter or fill in fresh air, the vents on the station will automatically begin replacing lost air as long as the pipes to the vents in the area are undamaged. This process is usually rather slow, unless you have upgraded your atmos systems to get the most out of it. You'll mainly be called to focus on critical or high-traffic area, and the crew needs it to be breathable now. A well prepared portable air pump can fill an area within seconds. If your hands are full have the apprentices drag them in for you.
Filtering and Depressurizing
Less commonly, you'll be called on to filter out toxins from the air or drain an area that's become overpressurized. Removing excess atmosphere from a room is as simple as going to the air alarm and selecting the replace setting (or Panic Syphon in extreme cases), then waiting for it to go back to green before switching back to Filter.
Getting rid of toxins, on the other hand, is usually more difficult. Setting the air alarm filters to scrub out toxins and N2O from the air will help, but it might not be enough. Air scrubbers can be used to get rid of toxins, but if the spill is very large, you might have to resort to Panic Syphon or Replace Air settings. Remember to keep people out of the room as long as you're working. Not only are the toxins dangerous, but the fact that depressurization is probably your best option adds another threat. Just make sure to enable your magboots before bashing in a window and that the grill is not shocked. If it's a phoron spill, be damn sure there's nothing around that can set it off (unless you're planning on burning off the phoron, which is extremely dangerous and shouldn't be attempted in anything but the most extreme cases or by experienced Atmospheric Technicians).
There's a fire! This is a comparatively rare occurrence, but when there is one, you're expected to suit up and get the problem fixed without hesitation. Generally, this involves locking the area down and using Panic Syphon and/or Replace Air to quell the fire. Keep in mind that your atmos suit is designed for EVA operations. Your firefighter suit is not.
Total Emergency: The Fire Axe and You
The Fire Axe is your tool of choice during emergencies, since you can use it like a crowbar to open door when the power is off and use it as an incredibly powerful melee weapon or just to get rid of a window quickly. Just keep in mind that you have to be holding it with both hands to use it effectively (click on it while you're holding it to do this). Because it's so dangerous and it doesn't fit in a backpack or satchel, it should usually be left in its case in the computer room. If you have to have it, though, use a multi tool to unlock its case. Just be aware that, once it's out, you are seen as armed and dangerous, and some people want to get their hands on it. Security will probably want to know why you grabbed it, too.
Atmospherics is already sensitive work, and it's just complex enough that people who don't know how it works themselves will generally let you do what you say needs to be done rather than question you when there's an Atmospherics alert in the area. This combined with the ability to remotely trigger such alarms or cause atmos troubles, gives you a free pass to enter almost all of the station without raising an eyebrow. This gives you all sorts of opportunity for shenanigans. Beyond that, you can sabotage the entire station's air supply very, very easily if you know what you're doing - but do it carefully, because you'll be one of those most under suspicion. You have easy access to phoron and other harmful substances as well. With a bit of inventiveness, you can do a lot of damage. Make sure to clear it with admins if you plan to send an entire department to sleep or declare the bridge a new construction zone via rapid phoron induced deconstruction.
|Head of Department||Chief Engineer|
|Personnel||Station Engineer - Atmospheric Technician|
|Relevant Education||Ceres University - Hongsun Park Engineering Institute - Shastar Technical University - Hadii Institute of Orbital Research|
|Useful Guides||Guide to Atmospherics - Supermatter Engine - Setting up the Solar Array - Telecommunications - Integrated Electronics|
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