- A Communications Specialist is a member of a ship's crew
- An individual should be qualified (skilled) to perform the role.
The role of Communications Specialist is one that is often rolled into combined jobs on merchant vessels, but comes into its own on larger craft including stations and colonies. The Communications Specialist is expert in ensuring that communications that need to be passed between sophonts can be effectively and securely passed. This may include establishing communications links, laying out communications networks using radio or cables or some other means, ensuring security using cryptography techniques and getting signals through noise or jamming.
Communications Specialist is a role that has been around since the first Yeomen of Signals - an ancient and honourable title.
Being the Communications Specialist has not always been an easy or safe role - ships communications systems have been the first target of attacks since the early days of radio.
Modern specialists may have to use anything from flags and flashing lights through telephone, radio, maser and fibre-optics to meson beams. They know ancient telegraph codes and phonetic alphabets as well as code management and encryption methods.
An individual's skill as a Communications Specialist is rated by their Certificate:
- Level 1 (Qualified)
- Level 2 (Competent)
- Level 3 (Experienced / Expert)
- Level 4 or more (Master)
Communications Specialists may also require security clearance because of the sensitive information that they handle.