Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Technician Trainee - Bridge Safety & Evaluation

Target Class: Transportation Technician

Recruitment #210322-8736FS-001

Introduction


Are you excited about working outdoors and helping ensure the safety of Connecticut’s bridges?

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently accepting applications for Transportation Technician Trainee positions in the Bridge Safety and Evaluation section of the Division of Bridges in the Office of Engineering. Positions may be based in New Haven, Newington, Norwich, Thomaston, Colchester, or Rocky Hill. The work locations for these positions will be determined based on the availability of the selected candidates and the DOT’s needs. Upon successful completion of the 1 year training program, incumbents may be promoted to the target class of Transportation Technician. With successful performance, the incumbents may advance to the job class of Transportation Bridge Safety Inspector 1 upon qualification. These positions are full time, 40 hours per week and are in the P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit.

Applicants who will possess an Associate's degree by May of 2021 in Construction Management, Engineering Technology, Construction Technology, Civil Engineering Technology or closely related field, are encouraged to apply for this posting.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The successful candidates must be available to travel to and attend training, conferences, meetings, field reviews/site visits, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours when necessary, and must possess and retain a valid Driver's license. Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from highway and construction environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.

Special requirements include being potentially called 24/7 due to bridge emergencies and required to perform field work outdoors in all types of terrain and weather. This hands-on position requires work in water, in bucket trucks, on ladders, and in under-bridge inspection equipment. The successful candidate may be required to work up to 75 feet or more over water or a roadway and in confined spaces such as culverts or inside of box beam bridges. Ability to traverse difficult terrain (ie. uneven, steep, rocky, slippery, etc.), ability to climb, and lifting ability is required. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties. A physical exam may be required.

We are seeking candidates who are interested in receiving on the job/classroom training to learn how to perform bridge inspections in accordance with established standards as apart of a bridge safety inspection team. Work will be completed outdoors with exposure to all types of weather conditions, at heights, in and over water, and in confined spaces, with potential exposure to traffic, environmental hazards, and potential dangers and irritants/allergens such as wildlife, insects, vegetation and hazardous fumes.  

Selection Plan

You must specify all locations that you are interested in on your application in order to be considered for those locations. You must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and specify your qualifications on your application.

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.

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. 

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

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. 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 www.ct.gov/ethics.

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

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 faith.macdonald@ct.gov

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Transportation, this class is accountable for receiving on-the-job training in performing basic technical work in support of transportation projects.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

The selected candidates for these Transportation Technician Trainee positions will receive training to perform a wide variety of increasingly difficult bridge inspection duties, as part of a bridge safety inspection team, as technical skills are acquired during the course of the training period.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

General knowledge of basic construction methods and materials; skill in use of construction related equipment and instruments and computer applications; ability in performing mathematical computations; ability to create, read and interpret scales, diagrams, plans, specifications and drawings; ability to prepare accurate drawings.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of experience involving the inspection of transportation construction projects; or testing of transportation materials; or bridge safety inspection.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in Construction Management, Engineering Technology, Construction Technology, Civil Engineering Technology or closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of two (2) years for an Associate's degree.

2. Possession of at least Level II 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:

  a. Transportation Construction Inspection Program - Highway Construction Inspection

  b. Construction Materials Testing Program - Asphalt or Concrete

  c. Transportation Program - Highway Materials, Highway Construction Inspection or Bridge Safety Inspection.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience using Computer Aided Design (CAD) or similar software programs.
  • Experience preparing neat/accurate engineering-related documents such as drawings and inspection reports.
  • Experience leveraging interpersonal skills to work cohesively as part of a team.
  • Experience communicating verbally and in writing with teammates and stakeholders of all levels.
  • Experience using Bluebeam and Microsoft Excel. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.

2. A physical examination may be required.

WORKING CONDITIONS

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.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.