Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Qualified Craft Worker (Automotive And Mechanical Equipment)

37.5 Hour (Office/on-site)

Recruitment #221117-6727TC-001


Are you looking to take your career to the next level? 
If so, please consider this fantastic opportunity! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is currently looking for two Qualified Craft Workers (Automotive & Mechanical Equipment) to join our team in our Fleet Operations Unit!

About Us: 

The CT DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education, and state of the art science and technology. 

Position Highlights: 

These positions are located in Fleet Administration (Colchester, CT) or Troop C (Tolland, CT). Both positions will be full-time, working Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM. 

These positions will be responsible for but not limited to the following: 
  • Complete vehicle's drive train; dismantles, overhauls and reassembles front suspension; 
  • Removal and replacement of engines; 
  • Standard and automatic transmissions and trans axles; rear differentials; hydraulic systems and automotive electrical systems;
  • Repair and replace complete brake systems and components; tires, fabricates and makes repairs as needed; welds or brazes parts by oxyacetylene torch or welding including welding; 
  • Operates testing equipment required to diagnose automotive electronic components utilizing laptops, scanners, and other various meters; 
  • Makes highly skilled vehicle repairs for air conditioning & heating; 
  • Works on vehicle electronics, including emergency lighting and electronic components; 
  • Communicates and schedules vehicle repairs; orders and obtains required materials to complete scheduled tasks; keeps necessary records including data entry; 
  • May perform duties related to similar trade areas such as entering repairs online; 
  • May act as a liaison with other operating units and outside contracts. 
  • Procurement and receiving of parts for the garages will be required, utilizing the P-Card system for the purchasing of parts as needed.
This position may including mandatory snow removal duties during routine and non-routine work hours. May be exposed to inclement weather. 

What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a comprehensive benefits plan including: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance!
Learn more about how you can make an impact with DESPP

Selection Plan

Application Process: 

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. 

Please ensure your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut. 

Throughout the Recruitment Process: 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency. 

Selection Process: 

Candidates selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview: 

State Employees
  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
  • Cover letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Non-State Employees
  • Two (2) professional letters of reference from a current and/or previous supervisor 
  • Cover Letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks. Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation.

Any pending disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records are also considered in this selection process. 

Click here to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum (CT-HR-13). The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website by typing in "CT-HR-13" into the "Search Department of Administrative Services" search field. 

Contact Information: 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at



In a state agency, this class is accountable for performing a full range of highly skilled duties in the automotive and mechanical equipment trade area.


Performs highly skilled tasks in accordance with standard automotive and mechanical equipment trade practices and codes; diagnoses failure in all types of automotive and heavy mobile equipment; services, dismantles, overhauls and reassembles front ends, engines, standard and automatic transmissions, rear ends, hydraulic systems and automotive electrical systems; constructs and repairs any needed parts; welds or brazes parts by oxyacetylene torch or electric welding; makes estimates of time, personnel and determines and obtains required materials on assigned tasks; keeps necessary records; in smaller trade areas may be the sole worker running a skilled trade area; may perform duties related to similar trade areas as required; may operate testing equipment required to diagnose automotive electronic components; may act as liaison with other operating units and outside contacts; may operate heavy equipment; may respond to fire and/or crash emergency situations at state owned airports; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply standard tools, materials, methods and standard automotive and mechanical equipment trade practices; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare estimates and keep shop records; some ability to utilize computer software.


Four (4) years of experience in tasks in the automotive and mechanical equipment trade.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been performing skilled automotive and mechanical equipment trades.
Note: For State Employees, this is interpreted at the level of Skilled Maintainer or Transportation Maintainer 2.


1. Graduation from a vocational or technical school with a diploma designating completion of subject requirements in a maintenance trade area may be substituted for two (2) years of the General Experience.
2. Two (2) years of experience as a Qualified Craft Worker Intern in a designated maintenance trade area may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
3. Experience performing technical duties within the automotive and mechanical equipment trade area on a military base, aircraft carrier or large compound may be substituted for the General and Special Experience on a year for year basis.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience diagnosing and repairing Suspension and Steering components; 
  • Experience diagnosing and repairing Electrical System components; 
  • Experience diagnosing and repairing Heating and Air-conditioning components; 
  • Experience diagnosing and repairing Braking System components; 
  • Experience diagnosing and repairing Engine Performance issues; 
  • Experience working in a Light Duty Automotive Repair Shop; 
  • Experience working with light-duty Hybrid Electric Vehicles; 
  • Experience in customer relations. 


Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess or acquire and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.


At State Airports: In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties of the class.
2. A physical examination may be required.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights and to use protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles; and may be exposed to risk of injury from equipment, extreme weather conditions and/or environmental conditions.
2. The appointing authority may require completion of hazardous materials training programs, such as asbestos, PCB, PFAS, consistent with EPA guidelines for operations and maintenance during employment in this class.



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.