Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Engineer 3 (Engineering) (40 Hour)

Recruitment #210127-9108FE-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 3 (Engineering) - Project Engineer positions in the Office of Engineering, Division of Bridges.  There are currently two openings, one each in Consultant Bridge Design and Bridge Safety and Evaluation.  The candidate pool resulting from this posting may be used to fill Transportation Engineer 3 (Engineering) vacancies in Consultant Bridge Design, Bridge Safety and Evaluation, State Bridge Design and Bridge Management in the next 12 months. These positions are located at our Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, are full time, 40 hours per week, and are in the P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit.  

About the Roles:

For positions in Consultant Bridge Design, Consultant Liaison Engineer (CLE) Bridge and Major Bridge Programs, we seek dynamic, technical-oriented engineers who are ready to be challenged.  You will be responsible for bridge design performed by consulting engineers and/or design and project management for major bridges and structures. 

To be successful in this role, you will utilize your: 

  • Technical knowledge in bridge design, construction methods and materials
  • Experience managing project schedules and coordinating comments and responses for the preparation of plans, specifications, estimates and other contract documents for bridges and structures
  • Knowledge and experience of Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques
  • Knowledge of Department policies and procedures regarding hiring and managing consultant engineers and experience administering complex consultant agreements
  • Knowledge of the requirements of other project bridge-related engineering disciplines
  • Experience and knowledge with Department and FHWA requirements and procedures for the delivery of the Department’s Capital Improvement Program  

For positions in Bridge Safety & Evaluation, we seek engineers who are passionate about the safety of the traveling public.  In this key role which directs and coordinates the inspection of bridges and other structures you will draw upon your: 

  • Experience in the planning and execution of inspections of bridges, tunnels, high mast lighting, sign support structures, traffic signal support structures (mast-arms) and span poles
  • Supervisory abilities regarding scheduling, assigning, overseeing and reviewing the work of staff and consultants
  • Ability to analyze and review engineering reports, plans and specifications
  • Experience with bridge inspection software AssetWise
  • Knowledge of bridge and highway design, bridge inspection, construction methods and materials

In State Bridge Design  you will be part of the in-house engineering team responsible for the hands-on design of State bridges and overhead traffic structures, producing safe, efficient, and aesthetic structures.  You may also contribute your engineering and writing skills to the development and maintenance of bridge design standards for use by State and consultant engineers.  To accomplish this you will apply your: 

  • Knowledge of principles and practices involved in structural engineering
  • Knowledge of relevant State and federal laws, statutes and regulations
  • Knowledge of latest engineering codes, principles, techniques and procedures employed in the structural engineering field
  • Ability to review and analyze engineering reports, plans and specifications

As part of the  Bridge Management  team, you will become an expert on the status of the State’s bridges.  Engineers in this unit develop and use methods and technologies for selection and evaluation of cost-effective, programmatic optimal strategies for comprehensive management of Connecticut's bridges and structures, taking into account life cycle costs and functional requirements such as safety, mobility, and traffic congestion.  Success in this role will be bolstered by:

  • Knowledge of bridge management principles
  • Knowledge of the Department’s five-year capital plan
  • Knowledge of the different funding sources available for bridge projects
  • Knowledge of the Department’s Transportation Asset Management Plan
  • Knowledge of the capital project initiation process
  • Knowledge of the annual federal and state reporting requirements
  • Knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations
  • Knowledge of latest engineering principles, techniques and procedures
  • Ability to review and analyze engineering reports, plans and specifications
  • Experience with CT Atlas, AssetWise and Composite Project Database
  • Experience working with databases
  • Knowledge of highway construction methods and materials
  • Ability to apply bridge management techniques and software 

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.

The DOT is seeking candidates who are energetic, driven, team players, passionate about serving the public and about the work we do in the Division of Bridges and DOT to deliver our mission; possess excellent verbal and written communications skills, presentation skills, negotiating skills, considerable demonstrated leadership ability, interpersonal skills, cooperativeness, responsiveness and willingness to go the extra mile.    

Watch to learn more about what it's like to be a Transportation Engineer at the Connecticut DOT! 

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. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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 possess and retain a valid Driver's license.
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. 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 submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance appraisals, cover letters, college transcripts, verification of degree completion, foreign education equivalency reports from a recognized USA accrediting service, licensure, performance appraisals, employment/supervisory references, etc. 
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.
Interviews may 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 3 (Engineering) vacancies in Consultant Bridge Design, Bridge Safety and Evaluation, State Bridge Design and Bridge Management in the next 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.
Direct questions pertaining to this recruitment to Nasreen Mustafa at Reference: TE3 Bridge 30485/112979.  


In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority this class is accountable for acting as a working lead who assists a supervisor in supervising a designated group of employees and/or for performing the most complex engineering or related tasks in one or more aspects of engineering projects or studies in the areas of administration, bridge design, design, drainage, electrical, foundations, hydraulics, maintenance, operations, pavement management, regulation compliance, rehabilitation, research, traffic or utilities.


Responsibilities of this position may include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee work of lower level engineers in preparation of bridge study reports through completion of structure plans, specifications and estimates;
  • Assist in supervising, mentoring and training lower level engineers;
  • Manage project schedules using Microsoft Project;
  • Perform complex structural design work;
  • Work as a lead project engineer in project administration and technical design/support;
  • Lead consultant engineers or bridge design engineers, technicians and clerical personnel in the preparation of calculations, plans, specifications and estimates for construction of bridges;
  • Schedule, assign and oversee design crew engineering work;
  • Schedule, assign and oversee bridge inspection crew work;
  • Oversee and conduct research on materials incorporated in bridges and miscellaneous structures as well as maintenance and construction methods in the field;
  • Maintain and report on project budgets and schedules;
  • Perform and oversee load rating analysis for bridges and other structures;
  • Prepare design man-hour counter proposals and represent the Department in negotiations with consultants for determined scope of services;
  • Assist in project public outreach including preparation and presentations at public information meetings;
  • Oversee bridge inspection consultant firms;
  • Oversee consultant liaison engineers in the management of the Department's state or federal local bridge programs;
  • Oversee the local bridge program,
  • Other duties as required. 
WORKING LEAD LEVEL:  As assigned by the supervisor distributes, prioritizes, oversees and reviews unit work; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies, consultant staffs and other outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; recommends policies and standards; prepares reports and correspondence; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of principles and practices involved in transportation engineering such as bridge design, foundations, highway design, transportation facilities design, transportation planning, maintenance, drainage or hydraulics, research, pavement design, pavement management and traffic; knowledge of administrative and financial controls with respect to transportation engineering plans, contracts, projects and reports; considerable knowledge of operational methodologies and established policies; considerable analytical, problem solving and technical report development skills; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to interpret and apply principles of information systems and technologies; ability to analyze plans and estimates; some supervisory ability.


A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and three (3) years of experience in transportation engineering.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the working level in a professional transportation engineering capacity. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Transportation Engineer 2 (ENGINEERING).


1. Possession of 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 Bachelor's degree requirement.

2. Possession of 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 Bachelor’s degree requirement.

3. A Master’s degree in engineering may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.

4. Current incumbents in the class of Transportation Engineer 2 (ENGINEERING) who do not possess the degree or certification/licensure qualifications as detailed on this class specification may be considered for promotion to Transportation Engineer 3 (ENGINEERING) upon having three (3) years of experience in transportation engineering. One (1) of the three (3) years' must have been as a Transportation Engineer 2 (ENGINEERING).


Candidates should demonstrate the ability to:

  • Assist in supervising, evaluating and developing improved performance of junior engineers; 
  • Coordinate work with other Department units, consultants, towns, state and federal agencies to ensure timely completion of projects or inspections; 
  • Analyze bridge and structural design problems and recommend effective solutions.   
Candidates must possess experience with: 

  • Bridge management, accelerated bridge construction, and innovative bridge design and inspection techniques and materials; 
  • Relevant federal, state, agency and bureau manuals, policies, procedures including AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, related AASHTO guide specifications, CTDOT/FHWA Stewardship Agreement, the Department’s Bridge Design and Bridge Inspection Manuals;
  • Office365, Microsoft Project and Compass;
Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and/or Professional Engineer (P.E.) license is a plus.


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

2. Incumbents may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from highway or construction environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to 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.