Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Technician Trainee - Bridge Safety & Evaluation

Target Class: Transportation Technician

Recruitment #211206-8736FS-001

Introduction


Are you excited about working outdoors and helping ensure the safety of Connecticut’s bridges? If so, read below & apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently accepting applications for Transportation Technician Trainee positions in the Bridge Safety and Evaluation section of the Division of Bridges in the Office of Engineering. Positions may be based in New Haven, Norwich, Thomaston or Rocky Hill. The work locations for these positions will be determined based on the availability of the selected candidates and the DOT’s needs.

Upon successful completion of the 1 year training program, incumbents may be promoted to the target class of Transportation Technician. With successful performance, the incumbents may advance to the job class of Transportation Bridge Safety Inspector 1 upon qualification. These positions are full time, 40 hours per week and are in the P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit.

**Applicants who will possess an Associate's degree by May of 2022 in Construction Management, Engineering Technology, Construction Technology, Civil Engineering Technology or closely related field, are encouraged to apply for this posting!**

At the 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!

We are seeking candidates who are interested in receiving on the job and classroom training to learn how to perform bridge inspections in accordance with established standards as part of a bridge safety inspection team. Work will be completed outdoors with exposure to all types of weather conditions, at heights, in and over water, and in confined spaces, with potential exposure to traffic, environmental hazards, and potential dangers and irritants and allergens such as wildlife, insects, vegetation and hazardous fumes.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The successful candidates must be available to travel to and attend training, conferences, meetings, field reviews/site visits, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours when necessary, and must possess and retain a valid Driver's license. Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from highway and construction environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.

Special requirements include:
  • Being potentially called 24/7 due to bridge emergencies and required to perform field work outdoors in all types of terrain and weather
  • Work in water, in bucket trucks, on ladders, and in under-bridge inspection equipment
  • Work up to 75 feet or more over water or a roadway and in confined spaces such as culverts or inside of box beam bridges
  • Ability to traverse difficult terrain (ie. uneven, steep, rocky, slippery, etc.), ability to climb, and lifting ability is required.

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 the duties. A physical exam may be required.

What We Can Offer You: Competitive starting salary, excellent State benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedules, and a culture that encourages work-life balance. DOT facilities have ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation!

Selection Plan

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

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this 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 comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply: 
  • 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.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. 
  • Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • 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. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely 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 www.ct.gov/ethics.
Connect With Us:
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. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Michelle Gara at Michelle.Gara@ct.gov or (860) 952-9087.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Transportation, this class is accountable for receiving on-the-job training in performing basic technical work in support of transportation projects.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

The selected candidates for these Transportation Technician Trainee positions will receive training to perform a wide variety of increasingly difficult bridge inspection duties, as part of a bridge safety inspection team, as technical skills are acquired during the course of the training period. Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

General knowledge of basic construction methods and materials; skill in use of construction related equipment and instruments and computer applications; ability in performing mathematical computations; ability to create, read and interpret scales, diagrams, plans, specifications and drawings; ability to prepare accurate drawings.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of experience involving the inspection of transportation construction projects; or testing of transportation materials; or bridge safety inspection.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in Construction Management, Engineering Technology, Construction Technology, Civil Engineering Technology or closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of two (2) years for an Associate's degree.

2. Possession of at least Level II 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:

  a. Transportation Construction Inspection Program - Highway Construction Inspection

  b. Construction Materials Testing Program - Asphalt or Concrete

  c. Transportation Program - Highway Materials, Highway Construction Inspection or Bridge Safety Inspection.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience using Computer Aided Design (CAD) or similar software programs
  • Experience preparing neat/accurate engineering-related documents such as drawings and inspection reports
  • Experience leveraging interpersonal skills to work cohesively as part of a team
  • Experience communicating verbally and in writing with teammates and stakeholders of all levels
  • Experience using Bluebeam and Microsoft Excel

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

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 the duties.

2. A physical examination may be required.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from highway or construction environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.