The Chief Engineer is the head of all engineering related matters on the Union vessel they are assigned to serve. It is a Lieutenant Commander position above Ensign, and Lieutenant only below the Captains and Admirals. They are frequently stationed within the Engineering section of the ship, but can also perform their duties with the rest of the high ranking officers on the Bridge as well.
Among the responsibilities of the Chief Engineer is an analysis of the dysonium field condenser, a task which is performed once every month. Though it is a rather easy task, one that can be done by even first-year cadets according to Kelly Grayson, it is one that is considered tiresome by Chief Engineers such as John LaMarr.
- Steve Newton: Former Chief Engineer of the Exploratory-class USS Orville; was reassigned to help construct a new space station in early 2420.
- John LaMarr: Current Chief Engineer of the Orville, succeeding Steve Newton.