From the back cover:
" The Ship Construction Manual contains all of the information necessary to construct starships for your Star Trek Role Playing Games. The recently declassified information in this manual allows the design of state-of-the-art starships of Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Gorn, or Orion origin. The easy-to-use format combined with the comprehensive data also provides the information necessary to build any ship active during the last 60 years of Star Trek history.
The 80-page rulebook includes the tables for the various engines, weapons, shields, and computers that make up starships, essays on the design philosophy of the major races, detailed information on the cost and availability of all equipment, and a system or rating the ships in combat.
The Ship Construction Manual is required reading for all Star Fleet personnel and potential ship designers from all of the major races."