Transportation Bridge Safety Inspector 3

Recruitment #230410-8807FE-001



Do you want to be part of a great team of professionals who are ensuring that Connecticut's bridges are safe and sound? 

Do you enjoy working outdoors? 

If so, read below and apply today!

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for a Transportation Bridge Safety Inspector 3 position in the Bridge Safety and Evaluation section of the Division of Bridges in the Office of Engineering. This position may be located in Darien, New Haven, Norwich, Rocky Hill, or Thomaston. The work location for this position may be determined based on the preference of the selected candidate in conjunction with the operational needs of the DOT. 

The Transportation Bridge Safety Inspector 3 is the lead member of a team responsible for the technical inspection of bridges and related structures in accordance with National Bridge Inspection Standards and other existing manuals, policies, and procedures. Work includes preparing neat and accurate engineering-related documents such as drawings and inspection reports. 

In this important role, you must be available to travel both within and outside of normal working hours, for bridge emergencies, inspections, site visits, training, meetings, etc.  A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required and must be maintained. 

  • To work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023- State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • Competitive salary and structure
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees
  • Mentoring by experienced professionals
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation


  • Monday-Friday, 40 hrs
  • Full time, First shift
  • P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit
  • Hybrid (office/telework) opportunities

  • Outdoor work with all types of terrain and weather conditions
  • Work in water, in bucket trucks, on ladders, and in under bridge inspection equipment, at heights up to 75 feet or more
  • Work in confined spaces such as culverts or inside box beams
  • Climbing, crawling, bending, and lifting
  • Exposure to traffic and environmental hazards
  • Exposure to allergens, insects, vegetation, and wildlife

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Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • 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 Information After You Apply:
  • 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 questionnaire'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.
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  • Note: 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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In the Department of Transportation, this class is accountable for acting as a lead bridge safety inspector of an inspection team(s), charged with the technical inspection of bridges and related structures in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation.


Serves as lead inspector of an inspection team(s) charged with the technical inspection of bridges and related structures in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards; inspects bridges for corrosion and deterioration in steel beams and girders; evaluates coating condition; makes technical measurements to determine bridge cross-sectional area reduction; inspects concrete beams and girders for spalling, diagonal cracking and flexure (vertical) cracking; inspects abutments, piers and bents for evidence of tilt or settlement as well as corrosion; inspects decks, trusses, bearings, etc., for deterioration and/or corrosion; prepares reports of bridge inspections, including notes and sketches; may operate special bridge inspection equipment; performs special bridge tests such as Dye Penetrant test and Magnetic Particle test; evaluates extent and seriousness of bridge defects noted during inspections, making on the spot reports as necessary; prepares accurate and complete reports of all bridge inspections; supervises and trains technicians and bridge safety inspectors of lower grade in the techniques, procedures and method of bridge inspection; processes digital photographs and other electronic documents; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of technical bridge inspections; considerable knowledge of bridge components, their purposes and interrelationships; some knowledge of basic civil engineering principles as applied to bridge construction; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to prepare neat and accurate drawings and sketches; considerable ability to operate and adjust specialized bridge inspection measurement and detection devices; considerable ability to prepare complete and accurate bridge inspection reports; ability to read and interpret basic bridge construction plans; ability to operate a camera and computer; some supervisory ability.


Six (6) years of experience in bridge inspection assignments in a responsible technical capacity.


  1. For State Employees, five (5) years of experience as a Transportation Bridge Safety Inspector may be substituted for the General Experience. 
  2. Current certification as a Level 3 or 4 Bridge Safety Inspector under the National Society of Professional Engineer's program for National Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) may be substituted for the General Experience. 
  3. Meeting the requirements for registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Connecticut may be substituted for the General Experience. 
  4. Possession of a Professional Engineer's license in the State of Connecticut may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Possession of a degree or coursework in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, or a closely related field 
  • Experience with construction methods, materials, equipment, and instruments
  • Experience using Computer Aided Design (CAD) or similar software programs 
  • Experience using Bluebeam and Microsoft Excel
  • Experience performing mathematical computations
  • Experience creating, reading, and interpreting scales, diagrams, plans, specifications, and drawings
  • Experience leveraging interpersonal skills to work cohesively as part of a team
  • Experience communicating verbally and in writing with teammates and stakeholders of all levels


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess certification for successful completion of the comprehensive bridge safety inspection training course based on the "Bridge Inspector's Reference Manual" (United States Department of Transportation) at time of appointment. 
  2. The appointing authority may require possession of an appropriate current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license at time of appointment and during employment in this class.  
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


In addition to good health, incumbents appointed to positions in this class must have and retain sufficient strength, stamina, agility, and visual and auditory acuity necessary to perform all the duties of the class.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to considerable danger of injury or physical harm due to falls, traffic, and hazardous fumes and may be exposed to a moderate degree of discomfort from 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.