Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Engineer 3 (Engineering)

Recruitment #211229-9108FE-001

Introduction


Are you an experienced engineer who is passionate about shaping the future of transportation in Connecticut? If so, read below and apply now!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for Transportation Engineer 3 positions throughout our Headquarters in Newington!

The Roles: The DOT has challenging openings for senior level engineers in all disciplines: Civil Engineering, Highway Design, Traffic Design, Bridge Design, Building & Facility Design, Electrical, Structural, Mechanical and more! These positions are full time, 40 hours per week.  

Come Work Where You Can:
• make a positive difference to the traveling public 
• make highways and bridges safe 
• expand public transportation (rail and bus) 
• pilot new techniques and durable materials
• implement Transportation Asset Management Principles
• develop efficient project delivery methods and tools  

 

ABOUT US: In the DIVISION OF HIGHWAY DESIGN engineers have the challenge to not only improve Connecticut’s transportation system to meet operational and safety needs, but also to balance improvements against environmental, historic, cultural, community, aesthetic, and economic impacts. Engineers in the Division of Highway Design provide lead services in the development of projects that improve the safety, capacity, and efficiency of the State’s transportation system and find solutions to challenging roadway and multi-modal improvement problems.  The State Design Unit consists of in-house highway design engineers who provide lead or support services in the development of capital projects.  They develop design alternatives into contract plans, specifications, and construction estimates, provide technical guidance on elements such as roadway geometry, roadside safety, and highway drainage, and they also coordinate roadway improvements with stakeholders such as municipal leaders, neighborhood groups, businesses, and homeowners. The Consultant Design Unit is responsible for overseeing engineering consultant firms that assist the Department in designing larger complex projects. The Project Development Unit is responsible for identifying and scoping all transportation projects for the Division of Highway Design as well as managing all roadway related assets.
 
Engineers in the DIVISION OF BRIDGES work with a variety of transportation structures.  They provide lead or support services in the development of capital projects as well as inspection of in-service structures.  They use advanced analysis software and CADD technology to prepare designs including geometrics, drainage, structural analysis including load ratings, creating bid documents for traffic, roadway and railroad structures, as well as bridge rehabilitations or replacements, and develop specifications and cost estimates. They administer projects from project concept, through design including coordinating permits, and coordinating with municipalities and utilities, then follow the project through to construction. During construction, they review contractor developed drawings to facilitate construction, ensure contract compliance and provide support to address construction complications. Bridge engineers also perform structure inspections assuring safety, capacity and efficiency of the State’s bridge infrastructure as well as carry out detailed geotechnical analysis and hydraulic analysis and review analysis done by outside parties. In addition, bridge engineers manage projects and programs designed by consultant firms. 
 
Engineers in the DIVISION OF TRAFFIC ENGINEERING develop designs for traffic signal systems and traffic control signals and review major commercial developments for their effect on highway operations.  They also conduct traffic engineering studies and perform traffic flow analyses.   Traffic safety engineers work to implement new and innovative solutions proven to save lives and reduce serious injuries. The Traffic Safety Engineering unit works to prevent fatal and serious injury crashes.  Traffic safety engineers work to implement new and innovative solutions proven to save lives and reduce serious injuries.  

The OFFICE OF STATE TRAFFIC ADMINISTRATION processes regulatory matters establishing a uniform system of traffic control signals, devices, signs, and markings for highways to ensure the safety of the traveling public.  A significant portion of the work involves the review and approval of Major Traffic Generators which are vital to economic development in the state.
 
The DIVISION OF FACILITIES AND TRANSIT consists of the Facilities Design, AEC Applications, Environmental Compliance, and Engineering Services (Pavement Design and Utilities Coordination) units. The Facilities Design Unit provides in-house and consultant engineering design and technical support services in the areas of Civil, Architectural, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. The primary focus is the renovation or new construction of facilities that support the roadway, bridge, rail transit, and bus transit operations. These projects include highway maintenance and repair facilities, rail stations, rail maintenance facilities, track, signal and catenary for rail operations, bus maintenance facilities, parking garages, salt sheds and both above ground and underground storage tanks, electric vehicle charging stations and solar array fields. Engineers in AEC Applications are responsible for developing and establishing electronic design standards and computer applications development, support and training. Environmental Compliance provides technical support and regulatory guidance on matters related to hazardous wastes and regulated contaminated materials. Pavement Design engineers provide design and technical support for projects that span across Connecticut’s roughly 10,000 lane-mile roadway network. 

Engineers in Project Administration are the in-house team responsible for advising, monitoring and delivering the Capital Program.  The Contract Development team oversees the development of contract documents and reviews plans and specifications for consistency, completeness and accuracy to ensure capital projects are suitable for advertising.  The Cost Estimating team prepares final confidential cost estimates and evaluates bids received on Department advertised projects. The Asset Management team is responsible for implementing the Department’s Highway and Transit Asset Management Plans regarding inventory, condition, lifecycle management, risk management, financial planning and investment strategies to maintain assets in a State of Good Repair and is responsible for regularly monitoring asset performance metrics and financial investments.  The Pavement Management team is responsible for compiling pavement condition information and proposing cost-effective treatment strategies to optimize investments in pavements.  The Program and Project Management team supports the Chief Engineer’s office in Capital Program management oversight and project prioritization as well as the identification and tracking of risks to project delivery.  The ADA Engineering Coordination team monitors and reports on the Department’s ADA and Title II compliance as it relates to activities within the public right-of-way.

Positions may also be available in other program areas.  Visit our website to learn more about the Connecticut DOT! 

OUR MISSION: 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! 

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU: Competitive starting salary, excellent State benefits package including health and dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedule options, telework opportunities, 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. All DOT facilities have ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation.

Watch the video below to learn what it’s like to be a senior engineer at the Connecticut DOT!
             

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 Hayley Newhouse at hayley.newhouse@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority this class is accountable for acting as a working lead who assists a supervisor in supervising a designated group of employees and/or for performing the most complex engineering or related tasks in one or more aspects of engineering projects or studies in the areas of administration, bridge design, design, drainage, electrical, foundations, hydraulics, maintenance, operations, pavement management, regulation compliance, rehabilitation, research, traffic or utilities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

As a Transportation Engineer 3 at the DOT you may be assigned working lead responsibility for lower level engineers and may perform advanced engineering work within your assigned discipline.

Examples of Duties include:
• Perform complex design work including preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates
• Prepare agreements and contract documents
• Act as liaison with municipalities, regional authorities, other State and federal agencies
• Provide technical support to and coordinate with other DOT units
• Oversee consultant engineers
• Conduct research, analysis, and computations
• Provide technical advice and recommendations
• Prepare reports and manuals
• Oversee inspections
• Conduct field reviews
• Respond to legislative requests and public inquiries
• Represent Department at town and public meetings and in negotiations
• Participate on committees
• Provide engineering support during construction
• Serve as expert witness in legal proceedings
• Analyze problems and recommend effective solutions
• Assist in development of policy  

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KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of principles and practices involved in transportation engineering such as bridge design, foundations, highway design, transportation facilities design, transportation planning, maintenance, drainage or hydraulics, research, pavement design, pavement management and traffic; knowledge of administrative and financial controls with respect to transportation engineering plans, contracts, projects and reports; considerable knowledge of operational methodologies and established policies; considerable analytical, problem solving and technical report development skills; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to interpret and apply principles of information systems and technologies; ability to analyze plans and estimates; some supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and three (3) years of experience in transportation engineering.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the working level in a professional transportation engineering capacity. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Transportation Engineer 2 (ENGINEERING).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. Possession of 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 Bachelor's degree requirement.

2. Possession of 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 Bachelor’s degree requirement.

3. A Master’s degree in engineering may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.

4. Current incumbents in the class of Transportation Engineer 2 (ENGINEERING) who do not possess the degree or certification/licensure qualifications as detailed on this class specification may be considered for promotion to Transportation Engineer 3 (ENGINEERING) upon having three (3) years of experience in transportation engineering. One (1) of the three (3) years' must have been as a Transportation Engineer 2 (ENGINEERING).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

All Transportation Engineer 3 positions:
  • Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and/or Professional Engineer (P.E.) license
  • Experience supervising, evaluating and developing improved performance of junior engineers
  • Experience coordinating effectively with other Department units, consultants, towns, state and federal agencies
  • Experience with relevant federal, state, agency and bureau manuals, policies, and procedures 
  • Experience using Office365, Microsoft Project, Compass and other discipline related applications and modeling software 
  • Experience with presentation skills and oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in project organization and document control
  • Experience with development and administration of Federally funded projects
  • Experience reviewing planning studies and encroachment permits
  • Experience analyzing problems and recommending effective solutions for engineering related issues
  • Experience preparing and reviewing complex technical reports and documents
  • Experience presenting complex information to diverse populations including officials, peers, members of the public and small and large groups
  • Experience leading people and managing tasks, including influencing staff in higher level positions, to achieve common goals
  • Experience working independently, being self-motivated and taking ownership of assignments
  • Possession of an engineering degree in a position-relevant area (i.e. Electrical Engineering degree for position in Electrical Engineering)
  Bridge positions:
  • Experience analyzing bridge and structural design problems and recommending effective solutions  
  • Experience with bridge management, accelerated bridge construction, and innovative bridge design and inspection techniques and materials 
  • Experience and knowledge of hydrologic and hydraulic engineering as it applies to transportation projects for candidates seeking a position in Hydraulics & Drainage
  • Considerable knowledge of geotechnical engineering as it applies to transportation projects for candidates seeking a position in Soils & Foundations
  • Experience in the inspection of in-service bridges for candidates seeking a position in Bridge Safety & Evaluation
Traffic positions:
  • 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 developing traffic control related specifications, guide details, and standards.
  • Experience reviewing traffic operational analysis reports and models
  • Experience handling traffic control issues during construction
  • Experience with Office of State Traffic Administration procedures
  • Experience applying state and federal standards for traffic control devices
  • Experience with Office of State Traffic Administration Major Traffic Generator reviews
Facilities and Transit positions: 
  • Experience with engineering design related to transportation facilities and transit structures and buildings
  • Experience writing technical documents such as design specifications and the use of Connecticut Building Code
  • Experience programming and funding projects for the Bureau of Public Transportation including State and Federal funding and grants
  • Experience or training with asset management principles
Project Administration positions:
  • Experience with construction specifications and associated cost consequences
  • Experience with transportation engineering design and construction processes and construction contracts
  • Experience with construction contract bidding and award processes
  • Experience with cost estimating principles
  • Experience with reviewing engineering reports, plans and specifications
  • Experience extracting, analyzing and interpreting quantitative data
  • Experience with asset management principles and the federal laws and requirements of transportation asset management plans
Highway Design positions:
  • Experience developing, analyzing, and reviewing plans, specifications, and estimates for complex federally-funded highway engineering projects
  • Experience with department policies, procedures, and design practices that impact scope and project delivery
  • Experience with construction methodologies and constructability
  • Experience with principles and practices involved in transportation engineering such as bridge design, traffic engineering, planning, maintenance, soils, pavement design, drainage or hydraulics, right of way

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

2. Incumbents may be required to travel.

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.



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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.