Mechanics are tinkers and electrical engineers in charge of analyzing, replicating, and, occasionally, replacing the station's electronic devices, computers, and machines. In their spare time, they may explore the TermOS network or build entirely new machines with MechComp in their lab, the Mechanics Workshop. They often collaborate with Engineers; for example, after bombings, the Engineers may seal hull breaches while the Mechanics fix broken computers and replace destroyed electronics.
Every mechanic spawns with with basic supplies (electrical toolbox, device analyzer, soldering iron and insulated gloves). Additional equipment including extra pairs of gloves are available in their lockers. Their office contains a vending machines that dispenses electrical components, one irreplaceable ruckingenur kit and a reverse-engineering fabricator.
The Device Analyzer
The device analyzer is the crucial piece of equipment for the mechanic. It can scan valid objects or machinery and store a temporary blueprint of that item, which can be added to your database by using the analyzer on the ruckingenur kit. The analyzer can hold multiple blueprints at a time.
- Alternatively, hold on to your mechanics PDA. Scanning a machine with it will send the blueprint straight to the ruckingenur kits.
The device analyzer can scan a lot of things, including weapons, circuit boards, vending machines, certain machinery, even some things you wouldn't reasonably expect to be made of electronic components. Experiment!
Once an item is scanned, going from scan to device is super simple process--even a Clown could do it!
Once an item is in the ruckingenur kit database, produce a blueprint of the item and put it into the Reverse-Engineering Fabricator. (Or any fabricator, really.)
In addition to the device analyzer and associated gear, there is also a MechComp dispenser inside of the electronics lab. This contains an extensive array of tools and machines that you can hook together to create all sorts of contraptions, limited only by your diligence and room to work in. While the device analyzer lets you perform many feats on its own, MechComp is the core of a successful mechanic, as its powers are nigh-infinite in capable hands. For details on how MechComp works and how to create your own convoluted mechanisms, take a look at the MechComp guide.
The Fun Part
The best part of this job is the aspect of creativity. Using all the available scannable equipment and their technical know-how, you can create anything your tiny spaceman brain can conjure up, like a disposals that lights scum on fire. You can even re-route disposals and travel through the station on the disposal network! Your imagination is your limit, so sit back and think carefully. A creative mechanic is something to be feared.
Stuff to Do
A good Mechanic can "help" the station by backing up vital parts that will help the crew out during an emergency. One of the most common mechanic's constructions is a second cloner, useful due to medbay's propensity to being bombed. Mechanics can also make a copy of the Teleporter, assuming a head clears them access to use it. Of course, MechComp provides teleport hubs for the purposes of instantaneous transportation as well, so consider this option too. Mechanics start with most everything needed for hacking so they can break in and grab scans of whatever they want anyway, but this isn't encouraged. In addition to the aforementioned teleport hubs, MechComp can fuel all sorts of nifty gizmos of varying usefulness. When the device analyzer and some MechComp savvy and other technical knowledge are combined, a properly skilled mechanic can recreate almost everything on the station and make up their own inventions to boot.
During an emergency, a mechanic may be pressed to start manufacturing weapons and other protective gear en masse. On slow rounds, the mechanic has a great deal of freedom to choose what they want to build, or how they want to deck out their lab. Some mechanics set up a public shop to hawk their wares, trading for cash or blueprints. Others will wall up their lab and either ravenously attack anyone who attempts to nose into their business or activate their gun components to mow you down. Still others may use their Tech storage access to take the time to experiment with the finer points of ThinkDOS. But the hallmark of a truly skilled mechanic is the combining of MechComp components and other machines to create a gigantic contraption that spans multiple station departments in its scope.
As a loyal crew member, you can sometimes be assigned some strictly optional objectives to keep yourself busy while you wait for something to happen. As a mechanic, you can expect to see the following:
Have at least ten items scanned and researched in the ruckingenur at the end of the round.
Chances are you will do this anyway, but if not, just scan some random items, put them in the ruckingeur, and remember to research them too.
Ensure that there are at least two teleporters on the station level at the end of the round, excluding the science teleporter
Make another teleporter, with the accompanying portal hardware. You might want to make a couple more in case some jerks comes along to ruin your fun. Getting the required access to the teleporter is easy to hard depending on the HoP, but usually it's easy to get access when you say you need to scan something. Alternatively, head to Tech Storage and rummage through the various circuits boards for the teleporter circuit board. There's also a full Teleporter getup out in space somewhere, in some shady establishment.
A traitor Mechanic often doesn't need to act too differently from normal to succeed. Even in the best of times, mechanics are megalomaniacs that enjoy nothing more than getting a scan on a security taser or the Captain's e-gun and gleefully using their new toy. Being a traitor just means that they're perfectly justified in blocking off hallways with slot machines and distributing bombs that they know nobody will use responsibly. Access to as many tools as they could ever want also makes them prime candidates to corrupt the AI, or to make terrible, inappropriate use of stun gloves.
In addition to these perks, they also have a unique item: a syndicate device analyzer that can copy a couple things a regular analyzer can't, like traitor items or the crusher. Copying things that people often consider fun, like the Fake Mustache, is a pretty effective way to make the entire station devolve into a bunch of fuck-offs who couldn't care less that you're a traitor.
Finally, things like gun components, Graviton Accelerators, and other such toys make MechComp a very versatile and dangerous tool for traitors when put into the right hands. If you play your cards right and have the ability to work undisturbed, you'll have the ability to manufacture death traps that would make any dastardly supervillain proud.
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