Engineer Trainee (35 Hour)

Target Class: EP Air Pollution Control Engineer 1

Recruitment #230530-3389ES-001


Attention Aspiring Engineers: Looking to further your career with the State of Connecticut? This is an excellent, career-mobile opportunity for you to join us; apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is seeking to fill two (2) Engineer Trainee positions in the Field Enforcement Unit of the Bureau of Air Management’s Enforcement Division. Both positions are located at DEEP Headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut

Recent graduates with degrees in applied mathematics, physical or biological sciences, engineering, meteorology, public health, or statistics are encouraged to apply.

These positions will receive training under the direction of a supervisor or senior staff for a period of one year. Promotion to Environmental Protection Air Pollution Control Engineer 1 will occur after successful completion of the training program.

Each position will require routine in-state travel in support of the unit's work, e.g., conducting on-site inspections. This position will require infrequent out-of-state travel for training and to attend regional and national work groups and conferences. 

These are full-time, 35 hour per week, Monday through Friday position and may include opportunities for a hybrid schedule that includes telework. 

In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work and;
  • Encouraging a healthy work/life balance!
Within the Enforcement Division, the Field Enforcement Unit is responsible for inspecting and investigating stationary sources of air pollution to determine compliance with applicable state and federal air pollution laws.  

These positions offer a unique opportunity to join a team committed to the regulatory enforcement of state and federal air quality requirements at stationary air pollution sources throughout the state.  Engineer Trainees learn to conduct comprehensive source inspections and to prepare enforcement cases to address noncompliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.  Trainees are required to attend formal training classes and to review self-study materials to enhance their knowledge of the principles and practices of air pollution control.  Examples of duties include but are not limited to:
  • Conducting comprehensive source inspections to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal air pollution statutes and regulations;
  • Evaluating all types of air pollution sources and their associated control equipment;
  • Performing potential emission rate and actual emission rate calculations;
  • Reviewing compliance and testing reports;
  • Observing and documenting operating parameters; 
  • Observing and documenting work practices;
  • Collecting and documenting data and evidence to support enforcement cases;
  • Conducting inspections in response to public complaints;
  • Preparing detailed inspection/investigation reports and recommending appropriate enforcement action;
  • Meeting with company representatives, members of the public, and other officials in matters related to air pollution enforcement;
  • Attending formal training classes and review self-study materials to enhance knowledge of the principles and practices of air pollution control;
  • Testifying in administrative and/or judicial hearings;
  • Performing related duties, as required.
The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with developing policies and programs to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, conserve, improve and protect Connecticut's natural resources and environment, and provide equitable access to broadband and affordable, clean and reliable energy to the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut's economy and creating jobs - and to fostering a sustainable, equitable and prosperous economic future.

Within the Bureau of Air Management (BAM), our mission is to protect human health, safety, and the environment and to enhance the quality of life of Connecticut citizens by implementing regulatory programs and supporting policies to advance clean air and climate change objectives, advance radiation safety, and promote public health. 

The Bureau consists of four divisions: Planning & Standards, Engineering, Radiation, and Enforcement.


Selection Plan

  • 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.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Benjamin Beaudry at


In a state agency this class is accountable for receiving training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the technical engineering work of the agency.


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


  • Knowledge of basic engineering theories, principles and methods; 
  • Skill in the use of drafting and calculating instruments; 
  • Considerable ability to perform mathematical computations, making neat and accurate drawings and preparing minor design and structural details; 
  • Ability to utilize computer software.


Candidates must be able to meet the experience and training requirements of the designated job class at the completion of the development program. 


  • Professional experience or academic coursework in the principles and practices of air pollution control and air pollution control technology;
  • Professional experience or academic coursework in the interpretation, application, and enforcement of air pollution control statutes, regulations, and permits;
  • Experience gathering, organizing, synthesizing, analyzing, and presenting data;
  • Experience preparing reports and making recommendations based on data analysis;
  • Experience managing competing priorities while meeting deadlines;
  • Experience communicating to audiences verbally and in writing;
  • Experience utilizing word processing and spreadsheet programs;
  • Experience working in a team and independently;
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemical, Mechanical, or Environmental Engineering.



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


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.