Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Assistant Chief Engineer

Recruitment #181126-8604MP-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Chief Engineer position which will be based in our Newington, CT Headquarters building. The official State job classification is Transportation Assistant Chief of Engineering and Construction Services.

The Assistant Chief Engineer will assist the Chief Engineer in managing the Bureau of Engineering and Construction and be responsible for overseeing both the Office of Engineering and Office of Construction. Both offices are involved in providing capital improvements to our transportation system to maintain the infrastructure in a state of good repair, address safety deficiencies and advance new projects that help drive Connecticut's economy.

Major responsibilities of the Assistant Chief Engineer include:

  • Lead responsibility for capital planning and program delivery, providing improved oversight to the State's expanded $2 billion transportation Capital Program.
  • Assistance with transforming the Bureau of Engineering and Construction from a highway centric bureau to a multi-modal, service centric bureau supporting the capital project needs of the entire Department.
  • Improving the Department's project management, strategic planning, and intermodal asset management initiatives.
  • Improving business practices by seeking operational efficiencies across the Bureau of Engineering and Construction.
  • Enhancing communication effectiveness among the Commissioner's Office, the Chief Engineer, and the modal bureaus.
  • Coordinating an enterprise-wide approach to System Safety.
  • Leading the Implementation of a Quality Assurance program for the Bureau of Engineering and Construction.
  • Assisting with improving the integration of planning functions contained within the Bureau of Policy and Planning with the engineering functions contained within the Bureau of Engineering and Construction.
  • Ensuring proper synchronization of projects in and around urban areas to minimize impacts to transportation corridors.
  • Preparing project and program information for the Commissioner and the Chief Engineer for use with the public, media, and legislature.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current employee of the Department of Transportation, who has permanent state status, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

Applicants must possess active Professional Engineer (PE) licensure from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors consistent with C.G.S. §20-302. A valid driver’s license is required. Availability to attend meetings, conferences or training outside of normal working hours may be required. Some travel may be required.

Applicants must 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.

NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: college transcripts, verification of degree completion, foreign education equivalency reports from a recognized USA accrediting service, licensure, 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 Assistant Chief of Engineering and Construction Services vacancies that occur at the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Engineering and Construction, in the next twelve (12) months.

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.

Direct questions pertaining to this recruitment to Jackie Ouellette at Reference: Asst. Chief Engineer recruitment.


In the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Engineering and Construction Services, this class is accountable for assisting in the administration of engineering and operational activities.


Assists in administering the staff and operations of the bureau; assists in developing, implementing and evaluating bureau policies, goals and objectives; assists in designing and developing bureau programs and activities; assists in implementing new procedures and procedural revisions; assists in determining appropriate staffing levels and directing the management and coordination of staff; assists in preparing budget; maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of the agency who might have an impact on policy or program activities; assists in coordinating and administering the planning, design, construction, reconstruction and maintenance of highways and bridges as programmed by Commissioner of Transportation; may review various projects with other bureau heads; assists in administering the testing of highway materials and administers other specialized engineering functions; oversees execution of highway and bridge contracts; confers with federal, other states and private agencies on transportation engineering matters; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to planning, design, construction, reconstruction and maintenance of highways, bridges and other transportation facilities; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


Eleven (11) years of professional experience in the planning and execution of complex transportation engineering projects.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity with responsibility for policy formulation and complex project management.

1. Managerial capacity is defined as full time managerial responsibility for major programs. Position will have supervisory responsibilities but the emphasis should be managerial activities: planning, organizing, directing and controlling resources of a major subdivision of an agency or organization.
2. For State employees, the Special Experience is interpreted at or above the level of Transportation Division Chief.


Considerable experience developing and leading major transportation programs with an emphasis on capital planning.


Incumbents must possess 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.



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

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

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