Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Design Engineer 3 (Electrical:Traffic Signal Lab)


Recruitment #220331-7118FS-001


Are you a Design Engineer that specializes in electrical work? 
Do you want to make a positive impact every day? 
If so, read below& apply today! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for an exciting full-time, 40 hours/week, 1st shift, Monday-Friday, Design Engineer 3 (Electrical: Traffic Signal Lab) role within the Bureau of Engineering and Construction, Division of Traffic Engineering located at our Signal Laboratory in Rocky Hill, CT. This opportunity is part of the P-4 bargaining unit. It is our 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.  

In the Signal Laboratory you will be responsible for designing, supporting, and repairing traffic signal electronic equipment for the DOT’s over 2,500 signalized intersections. Discover the Opportunity to: 
  • Develop and implement traffic signal system timing plans. 
  • Prioritize, schedule, assign, oversee and review work of lower-level staff. 
  • Direct operations staff to respond to system and equipment failures and to problem solve. 
  • Review shop drawings and signal design layout plans prepared both by the DOT and private sector engineers. Perform other related duties as required, etc. 
Benefits: We participate in a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive healthcare policies including medical and dental coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off, and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees and provide professional growth and development opportunities!

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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. 
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, available to travel to and attend trainings, conferences, public meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours when necessary and must possess and retain a valid driver's license.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
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 daily 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 daily 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.
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  • 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. 
  • If have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact


In a state agency this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in an area of engineering indicated by the parenthetical title.


WORKING LEAD: As assigned by the supervisor: distributes, prioritizes, oversees and reviews unit work; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies, consultant staff and other outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; recommends policies and standards; prepares reports and correspondence; may act as technical expert on matters pertaining to a professional licensing board or commission; performs related duties as required. For engineering projects involving electrical power generating and distribution systems, switch gear installations including both high and low tension circuits, airport, street and parking lot illuminating systems, closed circuit television, public address, emergency lighting, communication and alarm systems, lightning protection systems and field of building wiring in hospitals, institution buildings and technical schools: oversees, analyzes and interprets reports and test results; prepares specifications and cost estimates; reviews specifications and determines adequacy; oversees and cooperates with consultants in developing projects; evaluates merits of engineering submissions; may act as technical expert on matters pertaining to a professional licensing board or commission; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of principles of electric power generation and distribution systems, signals, sound communications, illumination and electrical wiring systems, utility company standard practices and state and federal codes; knowledge of engineering drafting; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to analyze and interpret reports and test results; ability to prepare or review specifications and cost estimates; ability to evaluate merits and determine adequacy of engineering submissions; ability to utilize computer software; some ability to lead.


Seven (7) years of experience performing engineering design in the field indicated by the parenthetical title.


College training in engineering 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 four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.


  • Experience writing technical procedures, policies, or specifications.
  • Experience with traffic signal software and associated hardware such as ATMS. Now, Streetwise, Smartways, and GridSmart.
  • Experience with networking protocol, IP addressing, communication equipment, IP over ethernet.
  • Experience in reviewing Traffic Control Signal plans and details.
  • Experience with system and equipment failures and problem solving.
  • Experience working with stakeholders both within and outside of the DOT. 


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


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



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.