a. A term often used to refer to a person who has just been released from Basic Military Training, and then proceeds to be placed in charge of all operations in a multi-billion dollar installation. Preferably while the rest of his or her "seasoned" crew sleeps.
b. A person who counts the number of objects flying over head in outer space, while attempting to ignore the b-movie marathon that is going on in the background.
Note: Once a Space Console Operator has developed enough knowledge to not fail at his or her job, they are ready immediately to be placed in a less taxing position where there focus can be placed on more entertaining sorts of things, like card games and naps.
Oh look a 352 piece break up! Let's go take a nap, watching the Space Console Operator work always makes me so tired.