Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Engineering Summer Worker

Recruitment #230111-5704VR-001


Are you an engineering student, graduate, or possess experience in Engineering, and are interested in learning what it's like to work as an engineer with the Connecticut Department of Transportation?

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for paid Summer Worker (Professional Engineering) positions in the Bureau of Engineering and Construction. Positions may be based in Newington, New Haven, Norwich, Rocky Hill, or Thomaston.

As a Professional Engineering Summer Worker, you will be exposed to a variety of engineering tasks in transportation design, transportation construction, or a combination of both areas. You will have an opportunity to see firsthand, what it's like to be a Transportation Engineer at the DOT. 

The Role:
After an exciting summer of experience at the DOT, as a Summer Worker, you may decide that you want to apply for Transportation Engineer Trainee positions, when you are ready to graduate! A Transportation Engineer Trainee is the DOT's entry-level engineering position and requires a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, construction management, or other acceptable substitution. 

Position Highlights:
  • Anticipated start date in May of 2023 and ending by August 31, 2023
  • Monday-Friday, first shift
  • 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week, temporary
  • Location: Positions may be based in Newington, New Haven, Norwich, Rocky Hill, or Thomaston
Minimum Qualifications for Engineering Summer Worker Positions Include:
  • A valid Driver's License to drive state vehicles to and from field/construction sites and town meetings
  • The ability to use CAD (MicroStation preferred) and other computer applications
  • Positions are open to applicants who are enrolled in a college engineering program or construction management program and have completed their sophomore year, or have graduated with a Bachelor's degree in engineering or construction management, with a focus on civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering students 
  • Applicants invited to interview will be required to supply a copy of a college transcript
Duties May Include: 
  • Reviewing basic design plans 
  • Performing mathematical computations and calculations
  • Collecting and entering data
  • Accompanying engineers on field reviews 
  • Assisting in construction inspection activities, assisting with the preparation of reports
  • Performing other related duties as required

Watch the videos below to see what Transportation Engineers do at the Connecticut DOT!

DOT Summer Worker positions offer civil engineering students and graduates valuable work experience that is an impressive addition to a resume. In addition to compensation, and experience working with a talented group of engineers, including many licensed Professional Engineers, we also offer the convenience of an on-site, low-cost fitness center and on-site cafeteria at our Headquarters facility in Newington. DOT facilities have ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation.

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.
What to Expect After You Apply: 
  • The recruitment process may take several months. Due to volume, we are unable to give individual application updates. We encourage applicants to review their application status via their Personal Status Board on JobAps.
  • Please regularly check your email for notifications (be sure to check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.)
Connect with Us:
If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Sharon McIntosh at and reference the recruitment number.

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In various agencies as a summer employee performs one or more tasks and assigned duties of a seasonal nature in providing a variety of services to clients or the public in one of several areas. This class may also be used during the winter college intersession for a period not to exceed six weeks.

Work areas covered by this class shall include the assignments and hourly rates as listed below:

Assignment                  Minimum
Hourly Rates     
Hourly Rates
General  $14.00 $17.00 
Patient Care Services  $14.00 $17.00 
Maintenance  $14.00 $17.00 
Laboratory Assistant  $14.00 $17.00 
Recreational Aide  $14.00 $17.00 
Transportation Services (Bus Driver)      $14.00 $17.00 
Tourist Information Clerk  $14.00 $17.00 
Specialized Recreational Services  $14.00 $17.00 
Tourist Information Coordinator  $14.00 $17.00 
Information Technology System Analysis  $19.00 $22.00 
Professional Engineering  $19.00  $22.00 


Minimum and maximum hourly rates will be subject to the following criteria:

1. Returning Summer Workers may receive $.50 an hour additional compensation for each season of service up to the maximum hourly rate.


2. Experienced workers in the specific functional area with another employer may be credited with such time on an equivalent basis to seasons worked and granted the same additional compensation up to the maximum hourly rate.

3. College students may be granted additional compensation of up to $.50 more per hour (up to the maximum hourly rate) for each full year of completed education on the basis of 30 semester hours equaling one (1) year.
Determination of hourly rate is based on the above criteria. Additional compensation is based on only one criteria. It is not intended for individuals to receive additional compensation through application of the multiple criteria listed above.


 Summer Workers can be assigned to work with DOT engineers in many different capacities agency wide. Some of the areas include:

BRIDGE DESIGN: Engineers in the Division of Bridges work with a variety of transportation structures, as well as: 

  • Use advanced analysis software and CADD technology to prepare designs including geometrics, drainage, structural analysis, and creating bid documents
  • Perform cost estimating
  • Design and create contract documents for bridge structures, traffic structures, and roadway structures
  • Oversee and administer projects from project concept, through design, to construction
  • Prepare environmental permits and coordinate with both municipalities and utilities entities
  • Review and approve shop and working drawings for projects in construction, and work with  fabricators and contractors to facilitate construction and to ensure contract compliance
  • Provide construction support when problems arise during construction and prepare change orders
  • Fully inspect bridges to address the safety, capacity, and efficiency of the State’s bridge infrastructure
  • Design new bridges and rehabilitate and preserve deteriorating bridges
  • Perform bridge load ratings to determine the safe carrying capacity of bridges
  • Carry out detailed hydraulic analysis and review analysis done by outside parties
  • Manage projects and programs designed by consultant firms

CONSTRUCTION: Construction inspection is one of the most important phases of construction work. 

Construction Inspectors:

  • Perform careful review and critical examination of all facets of the project
  • Assure that the proper materials are used, the plans and specifications are followed, and the finished product is a valued improvement to Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure
  • Inspectors are the people on site making sure that the bridges are built right, the pavement is installed to last and vehicles can move safely through work zones