The Engineering Department is responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the ship's main engines and auxiliary machinery, small boats and deck machinery, electrical power generation and distribution, and all hotel services, directly enabling the cutter to perform her missions. The Department is also responsible for the maintenance of the installed damage control systems, and the overall integrity of the ship's damage control posture realized through ship-wide training, including Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Defense.
The Engineering Department expertise maintains a variety of technologically-advanced engines and systems to propel and maneuver the ship, provide power for Navigation and Combat Systems, and provide heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration for the habitability of the crew. Rated personnel in the Engineering Department include Machinery Technicians, Damage Controlmen and Electrician Mates. The Engineering Department is led by the Engineer Officer and is organized into four Divisions: the Main Propulsion Division, the Auxiliary Division, the Electrical Division and the Damage Control Division.