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Engineering Department of Site 09

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Site 09 Engineering Handbook


"Wires, columns, plates and panels - these are the Foundation's foundations, and it's our job to keep it together. A single broken button, a single faulty cell, the smallest error in our infrastructure could turn a stable Site to rubble. Make sure it never has the chance."
John Doe, Chief Engineer


RESPONSIBILITIES

Maintenance
The first responsibility of the Engineering Department is to meet all preventative and corrective maintenance needs of the facility. Repairs to containment units and Site infrastructure such as water, electrical, and ventilation systems are also performed by Engineers when necessary. Site maintenance, including custodial tasks, is performed in-house by the Engineering Department without the assistance of external contractors.

Supply
Materials for use on-Site are shipped from other Foundation facilities and received at the surface installation before being sorted and stored by the Engineering Department. Distribution of this material to other Departments, and the fabrication of equipment using materials, is the responsibility of Engineering personnel.

Emergency Response
In the event of an emergency unrelated to Site security, such as fire or structural collapse, the Engineering Department is expected to lead the emergency response in conjunction with other relevant Departments (Security, Medical). Engineering Department personnel must be proficient in firefighting, technical rescue, and be familiar with the Site and its systems to guarantee the safe handling of any emergency.


HIERARCHY

Chief Engineer (Level 4 / A)
The Chief Engineer is an administrator with full authority over all Engineering personnel. In addition to organizing the Department and managing training standards, the Chief Engineer works with other Department administrators to review containment protocols.

Foreman (Level 3 / B)
Foremen are the senior supervisory personnel of the Engineering Department. As experienced and long-serving staff, they are responsible for guaranteeing the smooth operation of the Department, overseeing important tasks, and managing junior personnel.

Specialist (Level 3 / C)
Senior Engineers who show a thorough comprehension of their trade and notable leadership abilities may be chosen for promotion to Specialist. Specialists are masters of one or more certifications and may provide training for junior personnel interested in a certification.

Engineer / Senior Engineer (Level 2 / C)
Engineers have completed Site Orientation and demonstrated an understanding of their station, granting them Level 2 clearance and the ability to perform work on Site infrastructure. Senior Engineers have worked for the Engineering Department for an extended amount of time and performed with excellence, warranting recognition through promotion.

Custodian (Level 1 / C)
New Engineering personnel are assigned as facility Custodians, working to keep the Site clean and sanitary. Custodians also work in the canteen to provide meals for other personnel during designated break periods. Custodians must be escorted during assignments to areas above their Level 1 clearance.


PROTOCOL

Fire
As an underground facility housing a range of anomalous objects, the threat of a fire must be considered and prepared for. Familiar with the architecture and infrastructure of the Site, Engineering Department personnel are the designated first responders to fires and are responsible for knowing how to safely suppress them.

  • Announce: When a fire is detected, the incident must be announced across the Site and non-emergency personnel evacuated from the area.
  • Suppress: Personnel may use handheld fire extinguishers to suppress the flames. Where handheld extinguishers are not effective or the fire is anomalous, emergency firefighting equipment (breathing apparatus, water standpipes and nozzles) is available from lockers around the Site for use by Engineering staff. Emergency lockers must be kept closed and fully stocked by the Engineering Department until an emergency arises.
  • Contain: If fire suppression attempts are unsuccessful or the area has become unsustainable, all doors and ventilation ducts leading into the area must be closed. Oxygen deprivation and lack of fuel will starve the fire until it is extinguished. DO NOT UNSEAL the room until the temperature has dropped below 480*F (250*C) to minimize the risk of backdraft.

Structural Collapse
Although engineered to make structural failures near-impossible, the aging hallways and chambers of Site 09 still pose the risk of collapse if incorrectly maintained. The early warning signs of a failing structure may be obvious or subtle and personnel must be vigilant to detect and rectify them before disaster.

  • Dirt, groundwater, or underground wildlife within the Site.
  • Warping or cracking of the ceilings, walls, or floor.
  • Rumbling, creaking, or other unusual noises from the ceilings, walls, or floor.
  • Random holes within the ceilings, walls, or floor.

If any signs of structural failure are spotted, including but not limited to those above, Engineering personnel should immediately close the area to non-essential traffic while inspections are performed. If no fault is detected, the area may be unsealed. However, areas that are found to be structurally unsafe must be stabilized by cribbing while damaged concrete is poured over and steel supports are removed and replaced.

Rooms that have suffered a catastrophic structural failure must be closed to all traffic until the room is stabilized. If personnel were believed to have been trapped by the collapse, Engineering will work in conjunction with the Medical Department to extricate them as soon as possible. The structure of a collapsed room must be fully replaced - new concrete forms will be poured, steel support structures re-assembled, and utilities rewired under the direction of a Foreman. The room may be reopened for normal operation after an inspection by the Chief Engineer.

Electrical Malfunction
The electrical grid has been identified as a major weakness in Site 09's operations. Occasional Zone-wide electrical malfunctions have been observed, often in connection with the nearby wind turbines powering the facility. If an electrical malfunction occurs, non-essential personnel should be evacuated immediately from affected Zones while Engineering works to resolve the problem. Security will also be involved to guarantee objects in affected Zones have not been impacted by power fluctuations or failures.

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