During your stay in the Emerald Vale you will be able to complete the Frightened Engineer quest. It's connected to an engineer you'll meet in a botanical lab. On this page of our guide to The Outer Worlds, you will find detailed information on how to complete this quest.
List of objectives
- Find a guide that consists of three books (volumes);
- Return to Thomas with the books.
During your stay in the botanical laboratory, you will come across Thomas Kemp standing by the workshop. Talk to him and you'll find out about his problem - he lied about his mechanical abilities and now he has to make up for it. He will ask you to find three volumes called "A Young Spacer's Guide to Mechanical Engineering". He'll also tell you that one of them is in a local community center. In addition, if you currently have a Parvati on your team, you will also get to know the second location - the canned food factory in Edgewater.
A Young Spacer's Guide to Mechanical Engineering Volume 1  is located in the community center. This resort, like most areas of the Emerald Vale, is dominated by marauders. Some of them patrol the area around the building, while others are located in the main hall.
The book is located on the first floor, which can be reached by stairs from the hall with specimens of local species.
Note: The community center is also a place connected with The Long Tomorrow quest. Its main objective focuses on the recovery of experimental anthrocyllin. In order to get it, you need to find a key to infirmary from the defeated marauders.
The second volume  of the guide can be found in the canned food factory in Edgewater. Enter the production hall and get to the higher level.
Location of the third volume of A Young Spacer's Guide to Mechanical Engineering  is unknown, but it is located in a place connected with the main story - a geothermal power plant. It's lying next to Higgins.
Once you've collected all three volumes, you can go back to Thomas in the botanical lab.