Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Engineer Trainee

Target Class: Transportation Engineer 1 and 2 (Engineering)

Recruitment #211025-8741FS-001


Are you passionate about shaping the future of transportation in Connecticut? If so, come join our great team of engineering professionals and make an ImpaCT!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for Transportation Engineer Trainee (Engineering) positions within the Bureau of Engineering and Construction, Office of Engineering in Newington, CT. 

Current Engineering students who will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering by the end of May 2022 are strongly encouraged to apply!

Transportation Engineer Trainee positions are entry-level engineering positions and primarily perform transportation design and related engineering work. Transportation Engineer Trainees receive training to develop technical engineering skills and knowledge and are eligible for promotion to the target class of Transportation Engineer 1 (Engineering) after successful completion of the one (1) year training program. 

These positions are full-time, 40 hours per week. *Upon initial entry to this class, incumbents will be placed in Salary Group FS 18, step 5.

  • Utilize computer aided design software (Microstation) and other applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Showcase your oral, written, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Read and analyze construction plans and estimates
  • Problem solve, recommend, and implement effective solutions in a timely manner
Application Details: Please list your Driver's license number, expiration date, and issuing State, Engineer in Training license number (if applicable) and any other job-relevant licenses or certifications you hold in the Licenses and Professional Certifications section of your application. In the location section of your application select Newington or all locations. Failure to complete any of these steps may result in not being considered for this role.

At DOT, our mission is to provide a safe and efficient intermodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. Learn more about our mission, vison, and values here

Competitive starting salary, excellent State benefits package including health and dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedule options, professional development and tuition reimbursement and a culture that promotes work-life balance! We also offer the convenience of an on-site, low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging at our Newington, CT Headquarters facility. DOT facilities have ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation.

Watch the video below to see what Transportation Engineers do at the CT DOT!

Selection Plan

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .

Application Information: 
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Please 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.
  • A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required and must be maintained.
  • Relevant information such as possession of any licensure, any specialization in college, or relevant internships must be included in the application package.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours, when necessary.
Throughout the Recruitment Process:
  • 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, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. You must specify your qualifications on your application. 
  • 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 clearly 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
Please Note: 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • 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. 
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Michelle Gara at or (860) 952-9087.


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.


Transportation Engineer Trainees can work in many different capacities agency-wide. Some of the areas include:

BRIDGE DESIGN: Engineers in the Division of Bridges work with a variety of transportation structures as well as:

  • Use advanced analysis software and CADD technology to prepare designs including geometrics, drainage, structural analysis and creating bid documents
  • Perform cost estimating
  • Design and create contract documents for bridge structures, traffic structures, and roadway structures
  • Oversee and administer projects from project concept, through design, to construction
  • Prepare environmental permits and coordinate with both municipalities and utilities entities
  • Review and approve shop and working drawings for projects in construction, and work with fabricators and contractors to facilitate construction and to ensure contract compliance
  • Provide construction support when problems arise during construction and prepare change orders
  • Fully inspect bridges to address the safety, capacity, and efficiency of the State’s bridge infrastructure
  • Design new bridges and rehabilitate and preserve deteriorating bridges
  • Perform bridge load ratings to determine the safe carrying capacity of bridges
  • Carry out detailed hydraulic analysis and review analysis done by outside parties
  • Manage projects and programs designed by consultant firms

HIGHWAY DESIGN: Highway engineers have the challenge to not only improve Connecticut’s transportation system to meet operational and safety needs, but also to balance this against environmental, historic, cultural, community, aesthetic, and economic impacts. Engineers in the Division of Highway Design:

  • Develop projects that improve the safety, capacity, and efficiency of the State’s transportation system
  • Find solutions to challenging roadway and multi-modal improvement problems
  • Evaluate design alternatives to ensure the best designs
  • Utilize CADD and other cutting-edge computer technology to perform a wide variety of technical analysis, including geometrics, drainage, and cost estimating
  • Make multi-media presentations of projects to municipalities, residents, businesses and the public
  • Provide technical engineering support during the construction of projects
  • Have a challenging work environment, and excellent training to improve technical and communication skills

TRAFFIC ENGINEERING: Traffic Engineering offers engineers exposure to stimulating work assignments to enhance their engineering skills. Engineers in the Division of Traffic:

  • Conduct traffic engineering studies
  • Perform traffic flow analyses utilizing state-of-the-art engineering methods and computer software programs
  • Develop designs for traffic signal systems and traffic control signals
  • Review major commercial developments for their effect on highway operations