A technical officer in the armed forces may be responsible, through his or her team, for the maintenance and serviceability of ships, aircraft and land vehicles as well as their associated weapons systems and support equipment.
Technical officers may also act as project managers on a base or construction site or in research and the development of new equipment and systems. In battle, they have responsibility for keeping equipment, infrastructure and lines of communication operational.
An officer is first and foremost a leader and manager. They must lead and manage a team of specialists, directing them when circumstances demand action and using their skills and competence.
As a technical officer, your role will include not only management responsibility, but also a considerable extension of your technical experience to identify, investigate and solve problems. Sometimes, this experience will involve advanced development and applications, such as equipment development with a manufacturer.
In the field, it means sorting out basic problems, for example, providing water supplies, building bridges or even setting up a refugee camp and providing all services. In combat, it could be constructing a helicopter pad, destroying a bridge or clearing a minefield. The activities undertaken will revolve around the command and management of a team of specialists, who will include artisan tradesmen, technicians, engineers and other professionals.