Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Engineer Intern (35 Hour)- Electrical

Target Class - Public Utilities Engineer 1 - Electrical

Recruitment #180503-3389ES-001


The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority ("PURA") is seeking qualified engineers interested in the dynamic field of utility regulation.  PURA offers new engineers the opportunity to cultivate their technical expertise while also participating in the development and implementation of sound regulatory policy.  Engineers will work with an experienced team of technical staff, accountants, rate specialists, lawyers, and policy advisers to effect PURA's broad statutory mandate.  

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut's investor owned electricity, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state's cable television companies. In the industries that are still wholly regulated, PURA balances the public's right to safe, adequate and reliable utility service at reasonable rates with the provider's right to a reasonable return on its investment. PURA also keeps watch over competitive utility services to promote equity among the competitors while customers reap the price and quality benefits of competition and are protected from unfair business practices.

PURA currently has a job opportunity for a Public Utilities Engineer Intern -Electrical. The incumbent will receive training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the technical engineering work level of Public Utilities Engineer 1 - Electrical.

The position will be located at Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051. This position is 35 hours per week, Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (flexible).  

Don't let the job title "Engineer Intern" deter you!  This is a full time engineering position with opportunities for advancement.  

In addition, the state offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.  

PURA is located in New Britain, Connecticut.  The city is a short distance from downtown Hartford with easy access to Boston and New York.  The region provides incredible quality of life with reasonably-priced housing, short commutes, and an array of outdoor and cultural activities.  

The selected candidate must have a valid driver's license and must be a US citizen or have a Permanent Resident Card or other work authorization. .

Applicants are required to upload a cover letter and resume with their submission. (NOTE: in order to upload documents you must ensure that your internet browser's 'pop-up' blocker is off. Failure to do so may prevent you from being able to upload documentation into JobAps.). Questions about these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:  Anne Dana,, (860)424-3006.

Appointment to this class shall be for a period of not more than two (2) years.

Salary Note:

1. Upon initial entry to this class, incumbents will be placed in Salary Group ES 18, step 5, $53,743.

2. Upon successful completion of one year in this class, the incumbent will be placed in Salary Group ES 18, step 7, $56,949.         

Selection Plan

This is a non-competitive position. Open to the public.

Candidates selected for interview must provide the following at the time of interview:  

 • State Employees:

- Two (2) most recent service ratings

- Copy of College Degree and/or College Transcripts  

• Non State Employees:               

- Three (3) supervisory references

- Copy of College Degree and/or College Transcripts.

Failure to provide the required documents or submit your application accurately and on time, will eliminate you from the recruitment process.


In a state agency this class is accountable for receiving training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the technical engineering work of the agency.


Performs a wide variety of increasingly difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during course of training period, including but not limited to performing tasks involving engineering studies and investigations of plant, equipment, facilities and services of utility companies to ensure customer needs are adequately met and equity is achieved among customer, societal and corporate interests.  Reviews proposed method and manner of construction for transmission lines, inspects completed construction for final approval; witnesses and verifies meter accuracy tests; establishes and ensures compliance with voltage variation specifications; reviews and evaluates issues involving nuclear, hydro and fossil fuel generation. Assist with performing cross examination of expert and utility company witnesses regarding depreciation studies, cost of service studies, capital budgeting for respective utility company facilities and operation and maintenance of utility plants; reviews depreciation studies using statistical techniques (Iowa curves, etc.) to analyze historical data, statistical and engineering judgment, cost of service studies, detailed utility company project submittals and utility company policies and practices; assists in preparing cross examination materials; assists with drafting engineering portions of decisions and orders; interprets statutes and regulations; may provide technical support to commissioners and others; examines exhibits and reports submitted by utility companies; inspects and makes reports on utility plant and equipment; assists in investigating accidents involving utility plants and equipment; assist with surveying accident locations; assists with interviewing witnesses; prepares reports of such investigations; may make recommendations as to  elimination of dangerous conditions or practices; assist with monitoring and investigating various operations of utility companies including optional services and metering functions; act as an agency liaison and may report at the State Emergency Operations Center during state emergencies; performs related duties as required.


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


A Bachelor's degree in the discipline required by the target class.


Knowledge of, or experience in any of the following areas: grid modernization, distribution system planning, regional and federal energy markets and integration of distributed energy resource and energy storage.

Demonstrated experience in managing complex projects in a team environment, including developing schedules; tracking progress; assigning, reviewing, and ensuring high quality work product.

Strong analytical, technical and writing skills, including performing and/or managing complex technical analysis with great attention to detail, and communicating complex technical concepts in concise, understandable terms.



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.