Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Engineer Trainee (40 Hour)

District One Construction Unit

Recruitment #200617-8741FS-001


Do you want to be part of a great team of Engineering and Construction professionals who are shaping the future of Transportation in Connecticut? The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking qualified applications for multiple Transportation Engineer Trainee (Construction Engineering) positions in our District One Construction Office in Rocky Hill, CT. These positions are full time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.

Transportation Engineer Trainees are entry-level engineering positions. The successful candidate will develop technical engineering skills and knowledge, and will be eligible for promotion to the classification of a Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction Engineering) following satisfactory completion of the one (1) year training program. Construction engineering trainees will learn to perform less complex engineering and related tasks in highway construction, inspection of construction projects, and specialized engineering activities such as materials testing, programming and scheduling, contracts, municipal systems or surveys. Trainees may be required to work nights, weekends, and overtime. Applicants must possess a valid Driver's License.

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. DOT facilities have ample free parking with easy access from major highways or 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 posting. Recent Engineering or Construction Management graduates with a Bachelor's degree are encouraged to apply. Other minimum qualifications for this position are a general knowledge of basic civil engineering and construction management theories, principals 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 multitask; and considerable ability in performing research and mathematical computations.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, available to travel and attend training, conference, 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 certificates, 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.

*For employees in the classified services, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified services, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time equivalent).

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, proof of licensure, performance appraisals, employment/supervisor reference, etc.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most clearly meet the requirements of the position. The candidate pool resulting from this posting may be used to fill future vacancies that occur in the District 1, Rocky Hill Construction Unit, 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 Diane Tyc at and reference the Recruitment Number.


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.

Perform construction Daily Work Reports, payments, change orders, quantity measurements and calculations to verify conformance with current contractual and administrative record keeping policies and procedures, Standard Specifications.

* Visit construction jobsites to perform Intermediate Reviews, preparing reports, training, assisting with specification revisions, and providing lessons learned.

* Participate in design phase project plan reviews, design progress meeting correlations, field observations/meetings to coordinate construction staging with stakeholders including District Construction Offices, Environmental personnel and Utility companies.

* Participate with the Specifications Section to refine/upgrade construction means and methods and new items incorporated into the Standard Specifications with input regarding detail standard sheets.


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.


Familiarity with SiteManager, CTDOT Standard Specifications Form 818, CTDOT Construction Manual, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Access;
• 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; and,
• 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.

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