Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Maintainer 3 (Payloader Operator)

Recruitment #210326-2347TC-002


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) invites qualified agency employees to apply for the position of Transportation Maintainer 3 (Payloader Operator) opportunity in the Old Saybrook Maintenance Facility. The agency will conduct a practicum for the Transportation Maintainer 3 (Payloader Operator) position, to evaluate and determine whether or not applicant(s) have the skills and qualifications to perform the duties of this position. Practicums shall be conducted pursuant to the Department of Transportation Administrative Guidelines for Conducting Practicums and will be part of the interview process.

Job Highlights:
  • Full-time, 37.5 hours/week position
  • Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Applicants must hold a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) (A or B), with the "tank endorsement," a valid Medical Examiner's Card (MEC) in order to apply.
  • Incumbents in this class must be willing to accept emergency overtime duties, including snow and ice removal, whenever his or her services are needed; mandatory winter overtime from November 1 through April 30.              
  • Incumbents must meet the 20-mile residency requirement from the posted job location.
  • Various storm events will require employees to stay at work for the duration of the storm; which at times could be up to a period of several days, to include holidays and weekends.
  • Applicants invited to interview will be required to produce a copy of their current valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A or B, reflecting the "tank endorsement" and valid Medical Examiner's Card (MEC) at the time of interview, or they will be immediately disqualified.
  • Candidates must demonstrate their experience, skills and abilities in operating and maintaining the Department's Payloaders on their Master Application prior to being eligible for interview and the skill evaluation practicum.
  • Candidates invited to interview will be evaluated to determine if they meet the qualifications to proceed further with the Payloader Practicum, in accordance with the Department's Practicum Guidelines.
  • Candidates must be a current Department of Transportation employee with permanent status. 

Selection Plan

In order to be eligible to apply and be considered for this job opening, you must be a permanent Department of Transportation employee, and 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 meet by the closing date on the job posting, unless otherwise specified.

Please insure that your application is complete, you will not be able to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.

NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include a cover letter, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the hiring agency.

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 will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.

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

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Gary Chirgwin at


In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority this class is accountable for performing a variety of skilled tasks at less than the journeyman level in the construction, maintenance and repair of state roadsides, roadways, bridges, airports and other departmental facilities; operates and maintains the more complex mechanical equipment; works as a skilled mechanic at less than the journeyman level in the repair of mechanical equipment.


The following is a listing of examples of trucks, equipment, tasks or related duties, the operating, maintaining or performing of which are considered to be the responsibilities and duties of positions in this class:

  • Evaluation platform 
  • Line marking machine (10 wheel, barrel type)
  • Concrete saws
  • Core drills
  • 12-22 foot flail mower (tractor)
  • Four wheel drive airport snow fighter
  • Frontend loaders
  • Hand operated pavement marking machine
  • Mechanical catch basin cleaning
  • Power driven rollers
  • Power pickup sweepers
  • Shotcrete, gunite machines
  • Tilt bed trailers
  • Post pounder (driver only)
  • Vactor (driver only)
  • Track-munted skid steer with various attachments including but not limited to standard bucket; grapple bucket; mower; snow blower; sweeper; dozer blade.
  • Drainage pipe setting
  • Driver of wing truck with plows attached during snow and ice truck operations
  • Performance skilled in one or more of the following areas or trade: construction, maintenance, mechanical repair, electrical, carpentry, masonry, welding, automotive and heavy equipment, mechanical repair, plumbing and painting. 
  • Test boaring
  • Skilled tree climber
  • Wildlife hazard control
  • Inspector of VIP Projects
  • District Office Radio Operator (backup)
  • Service Patrol
  • Sign erector (general)
  • Pothole patcher operator
  • May supervisor a Materials Management Stockroom
In addition to other duties, may assist a Transportation Maintenance Manager in preparing and checking reports. In addition to other duties incumbents in this class may be required to receive training in, stand by for the respond to fire and/or crash emergency situations at State-owned airports, performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of construction, maintenance and repair techniques of roadsides, roadways, bridges or airports; knowledge of processes and materials used in construction and maintenance trades; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to use and make ordinary repairs to more complex mechanical equipment; ability to operate equipment as listed on attached Addendum; ability to keep shop records and prepare reports; ability to use, set up and maintain ordinary bench and other shop machine tools and equipment; ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions; ability to utilize computer software.


Two (2) years of experience in the construction, maintenance and repair of roadsides, roadways, bridges or airports, in work involving the operation and care of mechanical equipment, or in work in one of the recognized maintenance trades.


Graduation from a vocational or technical school with a diploma designating completion of the subject requirements in one of the maintenance trades may be substituted for the General Experience.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.
2. Incumbent in this class must be willing to accept assignment to emergency duties including snow and ice removal, whenever his or her services are needed.


At State Airports: In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


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 theduties.
2. A physical examination may be required.


1. Incumbents in this class are exposed to extremes of weather conditions, to frequent lifting of heavy weights, to highly dangerous road and traffic conditions, including exposure to heights when working on bridges, to poison ivy, insect bites and allergy irritants during summer months, and to loud and potentially dangerous machinery.
2. The appointing authority may require completion of an asbestos removal program consistent with EPA guidelines for operations and maintenance during employment in this class. Incumbents may be required to use protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles.



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.