Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Principal Engineer (Engineering) (40 Hour)

Traffic Engineering

Recruitment #211226-8739FE-001


Are you an experienced traffic engineer looking to begin a successful career with the State of Connecticut or seeking advancement at the DOT? If so, read below and apply today!

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation is accepting applications for an exciting full-time (40-hours/week) Transportation Principal Engineer (Engineering) within the Traffic Signals Unit in the Division of Traffic Engineering in our Newington, CT Headquarters building.

Who We Are: It is the DOT's mission 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. We are looking for energetic and driven team players who are passionate about serving the public and about the work we do within the Division of Traffic Engineering to deliver the DOT’s mission. Learn more about our mission, vison, and values here!

The Role: 
This position is responsible for overseeing and directing the Traffic Signals Unit in the Division of Traffic Engineering. Oversight responsibilities include programming future traffic signal installations and upgrades, scheduling, assigning and delivery of design plans, specifications and estimates for traffic signals, reviewing traffic signal designs prepared by consultants, managing traffic signal installation projects, establishing traffic signal design practices and updating the Department’s Traffic Signal Design Manual, assisting in the management of over 2,500 state owned traffic signals, and maintaining and updating traffic design specifications. Other responsibilities include establishing and maintaining unit procedures, developing or making recommendations on policies and standards and acting as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials, as well as Consultant Engineers and Contractors that design, construct and conduct studies of complex transportation engineering problems. You will be a key representative of the DOT to the public and other stakeholders. Discover the opportunity to display your excellent verbal and written communications skills, presentation skills, negotiating skills, leadership ability, interpersonal skills, cooperativeness, responsiveness, and willingness to go the extra mile.

Application Details: Please list your Driver's license number, expiration date, and issuing State, Professional Engineer (PE) license number and expiration date, 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. Failure to complete any of these steps may result in not being considered for this role.

What We Can Offer You: 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 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging at our Headquarters facility. DOT facilities have ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation.  

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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
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 Hayley Newhouse at or 860-986-6934.


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 with all aspects of traffic engineering including traffic control signals, signal systems, roadway signing, pavement markings, maintenance and protection of traffic, operational analysis, and safety evaluations;
  • Experience developing, analyzing, and reviewing plans, specifications, and estimates for complex federally-funded traffic engineering projects;
  • Experience in developing traffic control related designs, specifications, guide details, and standards.
  • Experience preparing and reviewing complex technical reports and documents;
  • Experience in reviewing traffic operational analysis reports and models
  • Experience in handling traffic control issues during construction
  • Experience in project organization and document control;
  • Experience with development and administration of Federally funded projects;
  • Experience with Office of State Traffic Administration procedures;
  • Experience applying state and federal standards for traffic control devices;
  • Experience in analyzing problems and recommending solutions for traffic engineering related issues;
  • Experience coordinating with other Department units; consultants; and towns, state, and federal agencies;
  • Experience or training with Asset Management principles;
  • Experience leveraging interpersonal skills to supervise a large team.


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.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.