Originally Posted by Expanding Man
How do you guys use the fancy shields/engines with such low engineering/helm? Am I missing something?
You only need the ship's skill to match the component at two times: when you are installing the component, and when you are activating a component.
So for passive components, like armor, power plants, etc... you just need to use medium components like neural interfaces, and crew members when you are installing them. You can remove them afterwards.
For active components, like lasers and stealth cloaks, you need to have the skill when you use them, which is why Big Bad Brunt has a gunner on watch, and Дракон в мрака has two pilots.