Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Engineer Trainee - Alternative Contracting

Target Class: Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction)

Recruitment #210201-8741FS-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 a Transportation Engineer Trainee (Construction Engineering) position in the Alternative Contracting Section, in the Office of Construction at our Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. This position is full time, 40 hours per week and is in the P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit. Current Engineering or Construction Management students who will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree by May of 2021 are encouraged to apply. 

Transportation Engineer Trainees are eligible for promotion to the target class of Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction Engineering) after successful completion of the one (1) year training program.

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.

Watch and  learn more about what it's like to be a Transportation Engineer Trainee 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.

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 opening.  Other minimum qualifications for this position are a general knowledge of basic civil engineering and construction management theories, principles 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 multi-task; and considerable ability in performing research and mathematical computations.

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 list their valid Driver's license number, expiration date and issuing State, and any other job-relevant licenses or certifications, 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.

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, foreign education equivalency reports from a recognized USA accrediting service, proof of licensure, performance appraisals, 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 Engineer Trainee vacancies that occur in the Office of Construction in Newington 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 Nasreen Mustafa at and reference TE Trainee - OOC Newington 31659.


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.

Duties may include:

  • Support the Transportation Engineer 3, Supervising Engineer, and Principal Engineer related to operational needs in the Office of Construction
  • Research alternative contracting methods and develop standard procedural manuals based on industry best practices
  • Facilitate the development of contracting documents for construction projects using alternative contracting methods including Design-Build (DB), Construction Manager/ General Contractor (CM/GC) and Construction Manager at Risk (CMR)
  • Review contractor submittals and compare contents to requirements set in CTDOT Alternative Contracting documents
  • Review alternative contracting projects and develop lessons learned to improve or clarify the standard documents
  • Perform research and make recommendations related to specification and procedural language
  • Monitor consultant performance and invoicing


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.


  • Experience in field work as a construction inspector. ​
  • Knowledge and/or experience with CTDOT Standard Specifications Form 818 and CTDOT Construction Manual.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Access.
  • Experience efficiently managing large workloads and interpreting construction plans and specifications.
  • Experience conducting research through work and/or education.
  • Experience writing complex and technical documents with accurate use of language including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.
  • Training and/or experience with computer aided design software (MicroStation preferred).
  • Possession of Engineer-In-Training license.


  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.

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