Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Trainee

Transportation Engineer Trainee

Recruitment #230104-8741FS-001


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. 

Current students who will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering by the end of May 2023 are strongly encouraged to apply!

As a Transportation Engineer Trainee, you will receive:
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and professional development opportunities;
  • Alternate work schedule and telework opportunities;
  • A healthy work-life balance;
  • On-site, low-cost fitness center;
  • On-site cafeteria and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging;
  • Ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation.
Position Details:
  • These positions are full-time, 40 hours per week. 
  • Hybrid telework schedules available
  • 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.
  • *New hires to State service start at Paygrade FS 18, step 5, currently $69,128 annually.
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). After successfully completing two years as a Transportation Engineer 1, you will be promoted to Transportation Engineer 2.

DOT's Mission:
At the 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. Visit our website to learn more about the Connecticut DOT! Learn more about our mission, vision, and values here 

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.
  • 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
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



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.



The DIVISION OF FACILITIES AND TRANSIT consists of the Facilities Design, AEC Applications, Environmental Compliance, and Engineering Services (Pavement Design and Utilities Coordination) units. 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 is the renovation or new construction of facilities that support the roadway, bridge, rail transit, and bus transit operations. These projects include highway maintenance and repair facilities, rail stations, rail maintenance facilities, track, signal and catenary for rail operations, bus maintenance facilities, parking garages, salt sheds and both above ground and underground storage tanks, electric vehicle charging stations and solar array fields.

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


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.


Possession of a Bachelor's degree.
  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.


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.


  • 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
  • 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


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.


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.



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

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