Connecticut Careers Trainee (Engineering And Related )

Statewide Transportation Improvement

Recruitment #221025-1993FS-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for an exciting Connecticut Career Trainee position, with a target class of Transportation Planner 1, to assist in developing the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The position is located at the Department of Transportation Headquarters in Newington. This position reports directly to a Transportation Planner 2 or other employee of higher grade within the STIP Unit. If you are a team player who wishes to assist in preparing support data for executive decision makers in developing the best programs and plans for the future of our state transportation system, this position may be for you.

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 the State’s 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.

The Role: We are seeking a detail-orientated and self-motivated candidate for this opportunity to support the development of a fiscally constrained 4-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in cooperation with the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and in consultation with the Rural Council of Governments (COGs) across the State.  This program is part of a necessary planning process required for advancing the DOT’s existing programs and plans.  
The STIP Unit is responsible for: the development and maintenance of the STIP; the coordination of the development of the MPOs Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs); coordinating MPO and USDOT approval of the STIP and periodic revisions; tracking and production of federally mandated reports; and calculating and allocating estimated Federal Authorization funds to Connecticut’s 8 MPOs and 2 Rural COGs for long-range planning purposes. 
Key elements of this position include the preparation of financial information pertaining to the updates to the STIP; utilizing mathematical computations in the development and maintenance of the STIP; analyzing data and presenting data findings in a variety of reporting techniques and other assignments or duties as deemed appropriate.  

Examples of Duties  
  • Assisting the unit with the development and maintenance of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  
  • Assisting in the processing of STIP Amendment, Action, and Notification requests.  
  • Analyzing received requests to determine if an Amendment, Action or Notification is required.  
  • Preparing and coordinating STIP amendments with the Travel Demand / Air Quality Modeling unit for federally mandated Air Quality assessment.  
  • Updating the STIP Tracking Database.  
  • Updating and maintain the STIP Matrix file 
  • Assisting in the unit’s Title VI responsibilities.  
  • Providing information as requested on STIP projects 
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.

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • 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.
  • Please ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.
  • 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
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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.
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  • 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 vacancies are 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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Due to the large volume of applications received, the State of Connecticut 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) 986-6918.


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.


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.


  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in Transportation /Regional/Urban Planning/Studies, Mathematics, Business Administration, Finance or closely related degree; 
  • Experience with the development and manipulation of excel workbooks and worksheets through course work, work experience, or internships
  • Experience utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite of applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams;
  • Experience with transportation planning or financial planning through course work, work experience, or internships
  • Experience with interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills through course work, work experience, or internship



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