Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Engineer Trainee (40 Hour)

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Recruitment #220802-8741FS-001

Introduction


Are you passionate about shaping the future of transportation in Connecticut? If so, come join our great team of engineering professionals and make an ImpaCT!

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for two (2) Electrical and one (1) Mechanical Transportation Engineer Trainee opportunities within the Facilities Design Unit in the Division of Facilities & Transit at our Newington headquarters. These positions are full-time, 40 hours per week. New hires to State service start at Paygrade FS 18, step 5, currently $69,128 annually.

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 Facilities and Transit to deliver the DOT’s mission. Learn more about our mission, vison, and values here!

The Roles: 
Facilities Design seeks applications for Transportation Engineer Trainees (TET) that will specialize in technical and highly sought-after fields.  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 of the unit is to provide engineering and project management for new or renovation design projects at facilities that support the roadway, bridge, rail transit, and bus transit operations.

Electrical Engineering
The TET in this position would join the Electrical Engineering section of the Facilities Design unit. The unit is responsible to prepare in-house designs and review designs prepared by consultant engineering firms related to both roadway and vertical construction/building systems.

Mechanical Engineering
The primary focus of this position would be to provide in-house mechanical designs (heating, plumbing, fire protection system etc.) for the construction and renovation of the Department’s Roadway and Bridge Maintenance Facilities as well as underground and aboveground storage tank system designs. The TET in this position would join the Mechanical Engineering section of the unit to provide in-house mechanical system designs for both roadway and vertical construction/building systems and to perform the review of consultant prepared mechanical system designs.

PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY 
Transportation Engineer Trainees receive training to develop technical engineering skills and knowledge. After successfully completing your one-year training program, you will be promoted to the target class of Transportation Engineer 1 (Engineering) or Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction Engineering). After successfully completing two years as a Transportation Engineer 1, you will be promoted to Transportation Engineer 2.

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, hybrid (office/telework) opportunities for some positions, professional development and tuition reimbursement, mentoring by experienced, licensed professionals, 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.

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, please select Newington, or all. Applicants must be available to travel to and attend training, conferences, public meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours when necessary and possess and retain a valid Driver's license.

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 or shift.
  • 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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
Important Information After You Apply:

  • 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 questionnaire'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.
  • 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.
  • 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • 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, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Hayley Newhouse at hayley.newhouse@ct.gov or 860-986-6918.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority, this class is accountable for receiving training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional transportation engineering and transportation construction engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement in the field of transportation engineering.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Performs a wide variety of increasingly difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during course of training period.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

General knowledge of basic transportation engineering theories, principles and methods; skill in use of drafting and calculating instruments and other computer applications; considerable ability in performing mathematical computations, making neat and accurate drawings and preparing minor design and structural details.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Possession of a Bachelor's degree.
NOTE:
  1. If the target job classification has a Minimum Qualification that requires specific licensure and/or the Bachelor's degree to be in a specific area(s), then these specific licensures and degree areas are required for appointment to the Transportation Engineer Trainee classification.
  2. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.

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 General Experience 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 General Experience requirement.
NOTE: The following additional substitutions are allowed for the Target Class of Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction Engineering):
1. Possession of Land Surveyor (LS) 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 General Experience requirement.
2. Possession of Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) 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 General Experience requirement.
3. Possession of at least Level III 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 requirement:
a. Transportation Construction Inspection Program - Highway Construction Inspection.
b. Construction Materials Testing Program - Asphalt or Concrete.
c. Transportation Program - Highway Materials, Highway Surveys or Highway Construction Inspection
4. Possession of a Level III Survey Technician Certification from the National Society of Professional Surveyors may be substituted for the General Experience requirement.
5. Possession of an American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification, at the level of a Welding Inspector (WI) or above, may be substituted for the General Experience requirement.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Academic coursework, internship, or work history experience in position-relevant engineering area
  • Possession of an electrical engineering degree for the electrical positions
  • Possession of a mechanical engineering degree for the mechanical position
  • Academic coursework, internship, or work history experience with engineering-related computer software
  • Experience with presentation skills and oral and written communication skills
  • Completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam
  • Experience with OpenBuildings, or similar engineering design software
  • Knowledge and/or experience with CTDOT Standard Specifications and CTDOT Design Manuals
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Access
  • Experience efficiently managing large workloads 
  • Education or experience with interpreting construction plans and specifications

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury or physical harm from highway, construction site, or on-site environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from 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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