Authorlties unique to the positionEdit
- Override instructions from the Flight Control Officer on duty or the Emergency Crew Chief.
- Gives express orders to field crew to undertake hot operations beyond the environmental maintenance field.
- Gives permission to diagnostics on engines and weapons that require a hot start-up under his personal supervision or the Propulsion Chief, or the Weapon System Chief.
- Authorizes any transfer of parts from one craft to another.
- Along with the Captain, he gives persmission to guests to enter and view a cockpit.