Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Principal Engineer (Engineering) Highway Design

Recruitment #210423-8739FE-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) invites its qualified agency employees to apply for a Transportation Principal Engineer position based in our Newington, CT Headquarters. This position is in the Office of Engineering, Division of Highway Design. This position reports directly to the Division Chief of Highway Design and will be responsible for overseeing Department and Consultant staff and the administration of the development and delivery of highway projects to the Capital Plan.

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, and is in the P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit. An active Connecticut Professional Engineer (PE) license is required. The candidate pool resulting from this posting may be used to fill Transportation Principal Engineer vacancies that occur in the Division of Highway Design in the future.

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.

Applicants must list their valid Driver's license number, expiration date and issuing State, and Connecticut Professional Engineer (PE) license number and expiration date 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.

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in Highway Design.

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 Jennifer Neumann at and reference the recruitment number.


In the Department of Transportation this class is accountable for supervising the staff of a major engineering or railroad operating unit.


Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; supervises work of engineers, technicians and other technical and/or clerical personnel in any one of several organizationally specialized engineering, operations, or railroad sections; reviews detailed plans, specifications or studies of complex transportation engineering problems related to areas such as highway, bridge, facility or geometric design, traffic engineering, electrical engineering, geo-technical engineering, hydraulics and drainage, utilities, contract and project development, or railroad engineering; coordinates design or construction projects; prepares special reports, cost estimates, standards and specifications and fee schedules for consultant engineers, surveyors or contractors; reviews progress reports; 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, drainage or hydraulics, research, pavement design, pavement management, traffic and utilities; considerable knowledge of administrative and financial controls with respect to transportation engineering plans, contracts, projects and reports; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of latest techniques and procedures employed in field of engineering or land surveying as applied to Department of Transportation; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to interpret and apply principles of information systems and technologies; considerable ability to analyze and review engineering reports and plans; supervisory ability.


Nine (9) years of experience in complex transportation engineering projects.


One (1) year of the general experience must have been in a supervisor capacity over transportation engineering design projects. For state employees supervisory experience is interpreted at the level of Transportation Supervising Engineer (ENGINEERING).


  • Experience and training in supervisory principles and techniques.
  • Experience leading, mentoring, evaluating and developing improved performance of engineers.
  • Experience negotiating and influencing others to achieve common goals.
  • Experience presenting complex information to diverse populations including officials, peers, members of the public, and other stakeholders.
  • Experience with capital planning, the contract development process, and administrative and financial controls with respect to transportation engineering plans, contracts, projects and reports.
  • Knowledge of the latest innovative techniques and procedures employed in the field of highway design engineering.
  • Experience with state and federal funding requirements and guidelines.
  • Experience with departmental contracting and procurement methods.
  • Experience analyzing problems and recommending effective solutions.
  • Experience managing complex projects.
  • Experience interpreting and applying principles of information systems and technologies.
  • Experience coordinating and interacting with staff throughout the Department at all levels and familiarity with Department organization.
  • Experience with department and bureau policies, procedures and design practices.


1. Incumbents must possess 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.
2. Office of Property and Facilities: Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a Building Official license issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Safety.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
4. Incumbents may be required to travel.



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.