Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Engineer Intern (35 Hour)

Target Class - Public Utilities Engineer 1 - Telecommunications

Recruitment #190422-3389ES-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) 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 hires qualified engineers interested in this dynamic field of utility regulation.  New engineers have 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.  

PURA currently has a job opportunity for a Public Utilities Engineer Intern (Telecommunications). 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 - Telecommunications.

The position will be located at Ten Franklin Square in New Britain, CT. 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.  

This position is 35 hours per week, Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (flexible).

Salary Note: Upon initial entry to this class, incumbents will be placed in Salary Group ES 18, step 5, $53,743. Upon successful completion of one year in this class, the incumbent will be placed in Salary Group ES 18, step 7. 

In addition, the state offers excellent benefits.    

Upcoming Spring 2019 Electrical or Electronic Engineering degree graduates are also encouraged to apply. Don't let the job title "Engineer Intern" deter you!  This is a full time engineering position with opportunities for advancement.  

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.

Questions about this position should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:, (860)424-3006.  

Selection Plan

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

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

- Copy of College Degree and/or College Transcripts.

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.

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. 

Assists in determining compliance with state and FCC requirements by incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), certificate of video franchise authority (CVFA) holders, certificate of cable franchise authority (CCFA) holders and telecommunications service providers; establishes and monitors separation and allocation procedures between federal and state jurisdictions, as well as between regulated and unregulated activities; reviews and evaluates applications for state certification to provide utility and services, including the extent to which competitive services should be regulated; 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: wireline and wireless telecommunications networks, outside utility plants including utility poles and pole attachments process.

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.