The Chief of Operations ensures an outpost or space station is functioning correctly. The position combines the equivalent positions of starship chief engineer and operations manager, with seniority over the operations division. Either a senior enlisted officer or line officer can hold this position.
Here, chief operations officer (aka chief of operations) is head of the Operations department within the Command division. The Operations department includes:
- mission support
- flight, including designated shuttle and other auxiliary craft (including fighter) pilots
Source: USS Enterprise Officers' Manual