Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Engineer Trainee- Hydraulics and Drainage

Division of Bridges

Recruitment #221116-8741FS-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 Transportation Engineer Trainee positions in the Bureau of Engineering and Construction!

Current students who will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering  by the end of December 2022 are strongly encouraged to apply!

THE ROLE:
Transportation Engineer Trainees in this position will work in the Bureau of Engineering and Construction, Division of Bridges, in the Hydraulics and Drainage section. 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.

Engineers in the HYDRAULICS AND DRAINAGE (H&D) section provide specialized engineering, technical support and policy advice on all storm water and water resource management issues related to the planning, permitting, design, construction, and maintenance of transportation facilities. H&D engineering work includes hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, hydraulic design and/or review of storm drainage systems, culverts, highway or railroad bridges over waterways, detention facilities, dams and related hydraulic structures. H&D engineers perform bridge scour analysis, prepare revetment and scour countermeasure design and assist with bridge scour monitoring. They also prepare flood management certifications and other permit documentation; provide design support and technical advice to other Department units on hydraulic and drainage activities associated with the design and/or maintenance of transportation facilities; and conduct the review of commercial development proposals brought before the Office of State Traffic administration and district permit offices.

Applicants must be available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours, when necessary. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required and must be maintained.

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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).  After successfully completing two years as a Transportation Engineer 1, you will be promoted to Transportation Engineer 2.

DISCOVER THE CHANCE TO:
  • Problem solve, recommend and implement effective solutions in a timely manner
  • Contribute to providing safe and efficient transportation improvements for the traveling public 
  • Utilize computer aided design software (MicroStation) and other applications such as Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Showcase your oral, written, organizational, and interpersonal skills
Application Details: Please list your Driver's license number, expiration date, and issuing State, Engineer in Training license number (if applicable) and any other job-relevant licenses or certifications you hold, in the Licenses and Professional Certifications section of your application.

WHO WE ARE:
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, vision, 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, 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.

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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
  • For assistance in applying, please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page
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, 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 www.ct.gov/ethics
Connect With Us:
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 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

In this role, you will be training to learn the duties below:

Oversees work of lower level engineers and performs complex design work; designs difficult foundations and bridges of advanced design; makes field inspection of bridge sites to obtain information necessary for design of important structures; oversees field inspection of structural condition of existing structures and preparation of sketches, plans and recommendations for adequate repair; acts as liaison between towns and state as consulting engineer in repair of bridges; oversees and conducts research on materials incorporated in bridges, highways, and miscellaneous structures and maintenance and construction methods in field; oversees state and consultant engineers in review of storm sewer and culvert designs and computations prepared by Design division and contracting engineers for watersheds of 650 acres and less; provides technical advice to Design division and District Engineers on pollution control measures and unusual storm sewer and culvert designs; prepares computations for storm sewer and culvert designs; attends field reviews on all new designs for highway projects; recommends revisions to improve drainage design; oversees laboratory work on soil samples for determination of void ratio, water content, specific gravity, grain size distribution, plasticity limits, permeability, optimum moisture content, confined and unconfined compressive strength, direct shear and consolidation; prepares detailed geotechnical reports and recommendations; oversees analyses, computations, preparation of plans and data relating to hydraulic problems encountered in planning and design of highways; performs hydrographic analysis and flood routing for retention basin designs; serves as expert witness in court cases; reviews drainage design on major permit applications for shopping centers and housing developments; assists in preparation and updating of Drainage Manual; oversees engineers, electricians and technicians in design or maintenance of extensive highway lighting, traffic light installations and computerized traffic control systems; performs complex work in preparation of plans, specifications and estimated cost of electrical contracts and work; oversees inspection of electrical construction and maintenance work and preparation of monthly and final estimates; coordinates preliminary surveys and planning of engineering requirements for construction and maintenance of electrical installations with state utilities; assists in coordination of work of design engineers with consulting engineers in preparation of plans to determine contract documents; recommends need for test, alterations, revision of replacement of equipment associated with highway lighting, traffic lights, drawbridges, and highway buildings; acts as consultant to district forces and other state agencies; oversees consultant engineers in the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates of bridges and structural improvement, construction and reconstruction of highways and construction or reconstruction of transportation facilities; recommends treatment of alignment, grade, surface and drainage features; makes project reports and analyzes comparative routes for economy, feasibility and utility; oversees activities of engineers and technical assistants engaged in review and processing of major traffic generator studies, highway traffic engineering investigations, surveys, design and research; reviews reports from investigators and subordinates; prepares final reports and recommendations applying to traffic signs, signals, markings, control devices, illumination, channelization, detour and route designations; represents department in state, town, public meetings; oversees and reviews plans, specifications and cost estimates for adjustment of relocation of public utilities in conflict with design and layout of construction for purpose of establishing their engineering adequacy; determines extent to which state shall reimburse utility companies for costs incurred; prepares and reviews agreements governing terms involved; represents state in negotiations with Federal Highway Administration for reimbursement of funds to state; confers with consulting, engineers, corporate, municipal planners, departmental personnel and others involved in coordinating utility adjustments with highway reconstruction work; advises departmental auditors on acceptability of credits offered or claims for payment made; conducts field and office investigations of engineering, technical or other problems and prepares reports for higher level employees; analyzes problems and recommends effective solutions; assists in establishment of policy, procedures and methods; represents department in legislative matters; assists in development and review of department contracts; performs related duties as required.

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 Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) technology to prepare designs including geometrics, drainage, structural analysis including load ratings, creating bid documents for traffic and roadway 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.

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

  • Possession of an engineering degree with course work relevant to the field of hydraulic and/or water resources engineering
  • Cooperative education  - work experience in the field of hydraulic and/or water resources engineering
  • 3.0 or higher grade-point average in relevant engineering courses
  • Academic, internship, or work experience utilizing engineering-related computer software
  • Experience with presentation skills
  • Experience with providing verbal and written communication to a diverse population
  • Completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Access
  • Experience efficiently managing large workloads

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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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.