Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Engineer Trainee (Construction Engineering)

Recruitment #210405-8741FS-001


Do you want to shape the future of transportation in CT? Does working within an innovative team of engineers excite you? If so, come make an impact by serving your state! Read below & apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking qualified applicants to apply for the position of Transportation Engineer Trainee (Construction Engineering) in our Office of Surveys, Norwich, CT. Current Construction Engineering students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree by May of 2021 are encouraged to apply. 

Note: This is a 1-year training program, the successful candidate will be promoted to Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction Engineering) upon completion of the program. 

Please note that if you have previous Transportation Engineering and Construction Engineering experience, and would like to be considered for non-entry level positions, please also review any current or future job postings for Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction Engineering) or Transportation Engineer 2 (Construction Engineering) at

The Role/Requirements: 
  • These positions are  40 hours per week,  Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • You will receive training to help develop your technical engineering skills and knowledge. 
  • You will learn to perform complex engineering tasks in relation to highway construction, inspection of construction projects, and specialized engineering activities. 
  • You will learn to conduct material tests, program/schedule contracts, and use municipal systems/surveys. 
  • You may be required to work nights, weekends, and overtime. 
  • You are required to have a drivers license per the Engineering and Scientific (P-4) Bargaining Unit agreement. Please list your valid Driver's license number, expiration date, and issuing State (along with any other job relevant licenses or certifications) in the Licenses and Professional Certifications section of your application. 

Work/Life Balance & Employee Value Proposition (EVP): Fulltime 40 hours per week Monday-Friday, in Norwich, CT. 

What’s in It For You- Leading Comprehensive BenefitsCompetitive salary structure, excellent health & dental coverage, generous vacation, personal, and sick time, retirement plan options & more! 

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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.  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.

In order to be considered applicants must posses 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 posting. Current Engineering or Construction Management students who will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree in May 2021 are encouraged to apply. 

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, available to travel and attend training, conferences, public meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours when necessary, and must have a valid Driver's license.

Applicants must list their valid Driver's license number, expiration date and issuing State, and any there job-relevant licenses or certificates, in the License and Professional Certificates section of their application.  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 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, proof of licensure, performance appraisals, employment/supervisor 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 you 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. 

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

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 Employee which is available at

Due to the large volume of applications received, the DOT is 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, please contact Gary Chirgwin at


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.


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 leading personnel of lower grade
  • Experience with CADD (computer aided design and drafting) system
  • Experience with Microsoft Applications and Office 365
  • Experience with less complex technical reports including supporting graphical and tabular data and charts
  • Experience with mathematical calculations
  • Experience interpreting plans and specifications
  • Experience directing noting of topographic details
  • Experience preparing, revising and editing complex planimetric and topographic mapping 
  • Experience developing cross-sections from aerial photography
  • Experience developing contours, cross-sections and other digital terrain model (DTM) operations


  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.

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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.