The Outer Worlds The Frightened Engineer mission sets you out on a fetch quest: find three engineering books across Terra 2. But Terra 2 is a vast place and books, for the most part, are pretty small. It can be difficult to track these down among the litany of other items. In case you’re having trouble, here’s how to find the engineering books in The Outer Worlds.
The Outer Worlds The Frightened Engineer | Where to find the mission
You can pick up this mission in the Botanical Lab from Thomas Kemp, who you can see in the above image. You’ll find him wandering around probably near the workbench you use to upgrade weapons. Talk to him and you can pick up this quest from him. He’s grateful for just one volume, but you should be a true sport and pick up every volume for him. Support his education.
The Outer Worlds The Frightened Engineer | Where to find Mechanical Engineering Volume 1
The Mechanical Engineering Volume 1 is in the community center on Terra 2 in Edgewater. It is located in the picture above and will require you to load into a separate area.
Once inside, make your way upstairs. Search on top of the desks. You’ll see it sitting atop one of them. Beware of enemies that are lurking around. You may want to take care of them first.
The Outer Worlds The Frightened Engineer | Where to find Mechanical Engineering Volume 2
The second volume is in Edgewater in the Saltuna Cannery near where you talk to Phyllis for the gravesite fees. Go up the stairs and you’ll find this hidden volume on some boxes. It just might be a bit dark if you’ve shut down the power.
The Outer Worlds The Frightened Engineer | Where to find Mechanical Engineering Volume 3
You can get the last volume while one of the main story beats. When trying to get your power source, you will make your way to Geothermal Power Plant, which you can see in the above picture. It’s the facility with all the robots that is surrounded by a metal fence with electrical gates. Go inside and make your way to the northeastern part of the map until you find the room in the picture below.
Find the ladders and go down to the very bottom floor. You’ll find a man named Higgins (you’ll also hear him talking). The book is somewhere located near him right by the picture below.
The layout of the map is a little confusing because the building has multiple stories. The book is on the bottom floor, but here is every floor of the map layered into one image so you can more easily deduce where the book is located within the context of the whole building.
Now that you’ve gotten every book, go back and see Thomas in the Botanical Lab. He’ll be wandering around probably near the back somewhere.