Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Engineer Trainee - OOC Advisory Team

Target Class: Transportation Engineer 1 (CE)

Recruitment #210601-8741FS-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 position in the Office of Construction (OOC), Advisory Team at our Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. In this role you will collaborate with other engineers and also act independently as a liaison from the Office of Construction to the District Construction Offices in monitoring contractor performance for acceptance of construction work.

This position is full time, 40 hours per week and is in the P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit. 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. 

Responsibilities Include:
  • Become a subject matter expert regarding many different materials including preparation, installation, testing requirements, specifications, and project record keeping
  • Conduct design reviews and product research
  • Review contractor submittals
  • Prepare administrative and technical reports
  • Coordinate with other units such as Material Testing, Highway, Bridge, Pavement, and Traffic Design to assist in specification and contract development
  • Become fluent in programs such as PaveTrack, Digital Highway, SiteManager, ProjectWise, AASHTOWare, Compass, and Office365 programs
This position may require work outside normal business hours based on project needs (early starts, late endings, nights, and weekends).

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.

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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. 

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 include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. Applicants must also 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. 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.

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.

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 immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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 Transportation Engineer Trainee #28735.


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 in field work as a construction inspector;  
  • Experience with construction plans, CTDOT Standard Specifications Form 818, and CTDOT Construction Manual;
  • Experience conducting research;
  • Experience with milling, paving, and pavement preservation operations;
  • Experience with bridge construction/rehabilitation/preservation projects;
  • Experience with PaveTrack, Digital Highway, SiteManager, AASHTOWare, ProjectWise, COMPASS, and all Office365 programs;
  • Possession of Professional Engineering (PE) license, completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and/or possession of Engineer-in-Training (EIT) license, NETTCP and ACI Certifications;
  • Experience communicating verbally and in writing to a diverse population;
  • Experience developing and utilizing organizational skills in a work or educational environment;
  • Experience with problem solving and recommending and implementing effective solutions in a timely manner;
  • Experience prioritizing and multi-tasking. 


  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.