Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Engineer Trainee (Construction Engineering)

Target Class: Transportation Engineer 1

Recruitment #190910-8741FS-001


Do you want to be part of a great team of engineers who are shaping the future of Transportation in Connecticut?

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for Transportation Engineer Trainee (Construction Engineering) positions in our Office of Construction, Central Construction, at our Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. One position is in the Claim and Litigation Section and the other is in the Alternative Contracting Section. These positions are full time, 40 hours per week and are in the P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit.

Transportation Engineer Trainees are eligible for promotion to the target class of Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction Engineering) after successful completion of the one (1) year training program. Please note: If you have previous Transportation Engineering or Transportation Construction Engineering experience, and would like to be considered for non-entry level positions, please also review any current or future job postings for Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction Engineering) or Transportation Engineer 2 (Construction Engineering) at

The DOT offers a competitive starting salary and excellent State benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan, alternate work schedule options and a multitude of other benefits. We also offer the convenience of an on-site, low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria, and ample free parking. We are centrally located in Newington with easy access from major highways and by public transportation.

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Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

To be considered, candidates must possess a minimum of an accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Construction Management or an acceptable substitution as listed in the "Minimum Qualifications - Substitutions Allowed" section of this job opening. Current Engineering or Construction Management students who will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree by December of 2019 are encouraged to apply. Other minimum qualifications for this position are a general knowledge of basic civil engineering and construction management theories, principles and methods; skill in use of computer aided design software (Microstation preferred) and other computer applications including MS Word, Excel and Project; strong oral and written communication, organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to analyze plans and estimates; ability to problem solve, recommend and implement effective solutions in a timely manner; ability to prioritize and multi-task; and considerable ability in performing research and mathematical computations.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, available to travel to and attend training, conferences, public meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours when necessary, and must have a valid Driver's license.

Applicants must list their valid Driver's license number, expiration date and issuing State, and any other job-relevant licenses or certifications, in the Licenses and Professional Certifications section of their application. Applicants must also include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. Ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.

NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to answer additional questions and/or submit additional documentation which supports their qualifications for this position. These documents may include; cover letters, college transcripts, verification of degree completion, foreign education equivalency reports from a recognized USA accrediting service, proof of licensure, performance appraisals, employment/supervisory references, etc.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. The candidate pool resulting from this posting may be used to fill Transportation Engineer Trainee vacancies that occur in the Office of Construction in Newington in the next twelve (12) months. Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Jackie Ouellette at and reference TE Trainee - OOC Newington #121929/31080.


In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority, this class is accountable for receiving training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional transportation engineering and transportation construction engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement in the field of transportation engineering.


Performs a wide variety of increasingly difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during course of training period.

Duties may include:

• Review Contractor Claims and recommend possible resolutions
• Conduct research and review construction plans, specifications and other contract documents to support Claim Analysis
• Perform research and make recommendations related to specification and procedural language
• Monitor consultant performance and invoicing
• Support the Transportation Engineer 3, Supervising Engineer, and Principal Engineer related to other functions in the Office of Construction
• Research alternative contracting methods and develop standard procedural manuals based on industry best practices
• Facilitate the development of contracting documents for construction projects using alternative contracting methods including Design-Build (DB), Construction Manager / General Contractor (CM/GC) and Construction Manager at Risk (CMR)
• Review contractor submittals and compare contents to requirements set in CTDOT Alternative Contracting documents
• Review alternative contracting projects and develop lessons learned to improve or clarify the standard documents


General knowledge of basic transportation engineering theories, principles and methods; skill in use of drafting and calculating instruments and other computer applications; considerable ability in performing mathematical computations, making neat and accurate drawings and preparing minor design and structural details.


A Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Construction Management.


1. Possession of Land Surveyor (LS) licensure or Professional Engineer (PE) licensure from the Department of Consumer Protection State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors consistent with C.G.S.§20-302 may be substituted for the General Experience requirement.

2. Possession of Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) licensure or Engineer-In-Training (EIT) licensure from the Department of Consumer Protection State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors consistent with C.G.S.§20-302 may be substituted for the General Experience requirement.

3. Possession of at least Level III certification, from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), in one of the following Civil Engineering Technology Programs may be substituted for the General Experience requirement:

a.  Transportation Construction Inspection Program - Highway Construction Inspection.

b.  Construction Materials Testing Program - Asphalt or Concrete.

c.  Transportation Program - Highway Materials, Highway Surveys or Highway Construction Inspection

4. Possession of a Level III Survey Technician Certification from the National Society of Professional Surveyors may be substituted for the General Experience requirement.


Preferred Qualifications include: Construction contractor claims experience, field experience as a construction inspector, familiarity with SiteManager, CTDOT Standard Specifications Form 817, CTDOT Construction Manual, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Access, ability to efficiently manage large workloads and ability to interpret construction plans and specifications. Additionally, we seek strong work ethic and interest to work in the transportation construction engineering field. Professional ambition demonstrated by taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and obtaining an Engineer-In-Training license is a plus. Relevant information such as possession of any licensure, any specialization in college, or relevant internships must be included in the application package.


  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury or physical harm from highway, construction site, or on-site environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from year round weather conditions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.