Public Transportation Trainee

Target Class: Transportation Rail Officer 1

Recruitment #220207-1993FS-001


Are you ready to gain skills, knowledge, and experience that will help you develop an exciting and successful career? If so, we are looking for you to join our team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Public Transportation Trainee (Connecticut Careers Trainee) with a target class of Transportation Rail Officer 1 in the Bureau of Public Transportation in New Haven and Newington. These positions are in our Safety & Security, Stations Operations, Rail Operations, and Rail Property Management units (see 'Examples of Duties' section for description of units). These positions all require working in a dynamic environment, and candidates should be capable of providing strong written and oral communication. These opportunities are 40 hours per week with a Monday through Friday schedule.

These positions will also perform field work and require a valid driver license.

The CCT is an entry level position offering training in the area of railroad transportation. You will develop the tools necessary to become a professional in the field. You will be assigned a variety of tasks related to rail construction and maintenance of railway and safety. This includes field inspection, data collection, coordination with the various freight and facility operators, construction inspection, force account oversight, invoicing management of maintenance of railway activities, safety oversight and preparation of reports. 

Salary Information: Eligibility for promotion to the target classification of Transportation Rail Officer 1 is earned upon successful completion of the training program.
  • A candidate with a Bachelor's degree will serve a two (2) year training program.
  • A candidate with a Master's degree will serve a one (1) year training program. 
During the first year of training, CCT's with a Bachelor's degree earn $50,122 annually and CCT's with a Master's degree earn $51,927 annually. During the second year of training the salary increases to $57,350 annually.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Working within the Department of Transportation on the oversight and operations of passenger and freight railroads and the associated properties they operate on
  • Focus on advancing rail transportation initiatives and operations
  • Coordinate with our passenger and freight railroad partners as well as with federal and local agencies
  • Other duties as assigned

About Us: As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employs approximately 3,000 individuals statewide in five distinct bureaus. It is our mission to provide a safe, accessible and efficient multimodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. We have a significant transportation infrastructure system that is essential to maintaining mobility for Connecticut residents and businesses and supporting economic and community development while preserving environmental and cultural resources. The Department of Transportation is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve. Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.

What We Can Offer You: The DOT offers a 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!

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Selection Plan

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.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • 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, and must possess and retain a valid driver’s license.
  • Please ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.

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.
  • 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, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • 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
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In a state agency this class is accountable for mastering the skills necessary to satisfactorily complete the training program for a professional position.


In a department or institution receives training in introductory governmental work for development of skills and knowledge in field of public administration in order to qualify for advancement into agency professional positions; performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during course of training period; performs related duties as required.

Safety & Security (Newington)
This position aids in the coordination of rail regulatory and rail safety issues throughout the Department.  Specific duties include, but are not limited to, interpreting and implementing State and Federal regulations related to system safety, system security, drug and alcohol and roadway worker protection, participating in rail operational exercises and post-incident safety investigations, performing investigations and providing testimony for rail regulatory hearings, providing coordination between other Department offices and various railroad companies during the planning, design, construction and maintenance of railroad related projects, performing design reviews and field inspections of private and public highway-railway grade crossings, and assisting in the implementation of the Department’s system safety plans, system safety security plan and the highway-railway grade crossing action plan.

Station Operations (New Haven)
Candidates in these positions support the Office of Rail – Station Operations and Maintenance unit on a variety of aspects associated with comprehensive rail station operation and maintenance, including custodial operations, parking operations, safety and security, train information, train and parking ticketing/systems, information technology, state of good repair and capital improvement projects and various station area planning efforts.
Duties will include field inspection, invoice and budget review/preparation, data collection, liaison and coordination with municipal, State and Federal authorities, passenger rail service providers, oversight of contracted facility managers/operators/subcontractors, interpretation and compliance oversight of station/contractor/tenant related agreements, assist unit staff on recurring and task-based projects, review and analysis of engineering and construction related documents, develop and monitor performance metrics, obtain and apply a thorough understanding of property management principles and practices, preparation of reports, agreements, request for proposals, databases and various correspondence.  

Property Management (New Haven)
Duties include working independently and within a team on Rail property related issues and requests for property access on state owned railroad property. A large focus of the job is working with utility companies on their access requests on state railroad property. Other duties include monitoring project status and developing reports on progress; reviewing and interpreting design plans, property surveys and mapping; reviewing invoices and other financial documents; assists with the negotiation of contract terms and calculate fees for property use agreements; involved with drafting real estate contracts and other correspondence; ability to understand and interpret agreements, rules, laws and regulations; ability to utilize computer software, especially Microsoft Office.

Railroad Operations (New Haven)
Duties include working independently and on team involved with the scheduling of passenger train schedules with the railroads, working with the freight and passenger railroads on operational issues and project development. Also involved with customer service outreach initiatives and railroad operation planning on a statewide basis. Candidates will be involved with ridership data analysis, report writing, and the review of engineering plans and specifications.  Additional responsibilities include the review of invoices and/or other billing from the railroads or from the consultants engineering firms and the review of cost sharing mechanisms for the railroads. This position will also be instrumental in working with the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council on railroad service enhancements, data analysis and customer service outreach.  At times, duties will include coordination with the federal, state and local municipalities on railroad related topics or service planning initiatives.



Oral and written communication skills; ability to acquire knowledge and skills required for the target classification; ability to understand, evaluate and solve problems by exercising judgement and logic; ability to read, interpret and understand written material; ability to perform basic arithmetical computations; ability to interpret charts, graphs and tables; learning and reasoning ability; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with superiors, associates and general public; ability to utilize computer software.


Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's degree.


  1. If the target job classification has a Substitution Allowed that requires the Bachelor's or Master's degree to be in a specific area(s), then these specific degree areas are required for appointment to the Connecticut Career Trainee classification.
  2. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.


The preferred candidate will have: 
  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Construction Management
  • Experience in railroad or railroad related organizations
  • Experience with the operations of railroad at-grade crossings and safety in and around the railroad
  • Experience in facility operations and maintenance or other dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Experience communicating in writing and verbally in a customer service setting
  • Experience working independently as well as in team settings
  • Experience completing tasks with attention to detail
  • Experience prioritizing and managing multiple tasks
  • Experience with the principles and practices of railroad functions in rail operations, rail equipment, rail construction, rail maintenance, train schedules, engineering, capital projects, finance, or administration
  • Experience with the principles and practices related to rail rights-of-way functions for rail operations, rail capital projects, railyards, rail corridor maintenance, rail-banked lines, rails-to-trails, finance and administration, and rail utility permitting
  • Experience with technical reports or document writing and development



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.