An operator sits at a central console, the core, where the hovercraft transmits a pirate broadcast signal that allows the ship to hack into the global Matrix transmission. The operator normally manages training programs within the Construct for new recruits or for sparring, and prepares crewmembers for missions through the loading of weapons and other materials within the Construct.
If all members of the crew are jacked in, the operator is also responsible for the safety of the ship. If Sentinels are detected (see proximity alert), the operator must attempt to retrieve all crewmembers from the Matrix to save everyone and the ship before he can use the only weapon available to him, the EMP.
During the Matrix film trilogy, viewers see five operators: Tank and Link of the Nebuchadnezzar; Jax, an operator on the ill-fated Vigilant; AK, aboard the Mjolnir, who is asked by Morpheus to search for Neo when he falls into unconsciousness at the end of The Matrix Reloaded; and Sparks of the hovercraft Logos, who is briefly seen in the The Matrix Revolutions as well as a minor character in the video game, Enter the Matrix.