Building Construction Specialist 1

Recruitment #230614-2116FT-001


The State of Connecticut’s Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for the role of Building Construction Specialist 1 within the Office of Operations and Support’s Property and Facilities Services unit.

What We Can Offer You
Position Details:
This is a full-time, 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday position from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. located at 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington and will require a considerable amount of travel within the state.

Position Responsibilities:
This position oversees the Department’s code enforcement program for the design review and construction inspection of all new buildings and renovations of existing buildings to ensure compliance with all applicable state building and fire codes and ADA requirements, including public transportation infrastructure and traffic signals for code compliance.  Also responsible for inspection of all fuel storage installations for compliance with governing DEEP regulations and inspection/release for all electrical utility service installations located on Department property

The incumbent will be required to provide service for an agency operating with a 24/7/365 commitment to the transportation needs of the public.  Join us in our mission 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.

Note: Applicants invited to interview will be required to supply a copy of their Driver’s License.

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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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Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Hayley Newhouse, at


In a state agency this class is accountable for independently conducting field inspections of building construction and building rehabilitation or renovation and/or improvement projects in order to assure completion of projects in conformance with contract requirements and all applicable building codes, standards and regulations.


Inspects all phases of construction and building rehabilitation or improvements for compliance with building codes, departmental regulations and/or statutory requirements; reviews shop drawings and proposed changes to approved building plans; evaluates field work for adherence to contract documents and/or codes and national standards; determines necessity for specification and design changes and makes recommendations; evaluates site conditions for construction safety including observation of soil, rock, ledge, water and other local conditions; inspects methods and quality of workmanship including performance and observation of testing of construction materials; consults with in-house staff, other agencies, architects, engineers, construction personnel and local building code enforcement officials on problems encountered; prepares technical reports of field conditions; reviews and evaluates schedules of values and payments to contractors; provides technical advice to in-house staff and public or private organizations regarding building projects as required; prepares specifications and construction costs; serves as liaison with state and local housing officials; reviews plans and specifications for compliance with agency and industry requirements; reviews bids and quotes; conducts field visits of proposed projects with applicants; assists with technical feasibility determination; assists and coordinates with receipt of state permits and certifications related to construction projects; reviews payment applications for consistency with project budget and project progress; assists in preparation of proposals for professional services; assists in consultant and construction management duties for agency; may testify at administrative hearings or in state and federal courts of law; may assist in preparation and presentation of education programs mandated by statute to local code enforcement officials, state agencies and professional organizations; may perform limited code compliance plan review; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of principles, methods, materials and equipment used in building design and construction; knowledge of and ability to interpret contracting, zoning and building codes and related regulations; knowledge of major trades areas relative to building construction and maintenance (e.g. plumbing, heating, electrical, structural); some knowledge of fire protection practices and procedures; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to inspect and supervise construction work for compliance with plans and specifications; ability to read and interpret building plans and specifications; ability to utilize computer software.


Five (5) years of experience with construction projects involving all building trades (e.g. plumbing, heating, electrical) OR as a Municipal Building Official.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have included the review and inspection of large scale building projects for building code compliance.

Note: Large scale building projects will be interpreted as buildings exceeding 12,000 square feet in size and more than one story in height not including apartment buildings and single family residences.


College training in architecture, civil, mechanical or electrical engineering or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's Degree


• Experience with the State Building and Fire-Safety Codes and industry standards including plan review and inspection of building
• Experience managing multiple diverse projects of varying scale.
• Preferred candidates will be able to conduct field inspections of building construction and renovations.
• Possession of any trade license, construction inspector or any other inspector’s license.
• Experience in documenting all efforts taken to ensure compliance with laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, and ADA standards.
• Experience in reading, understanding, interpreting, and applying municipal/state codes, rules & regulations in conjunction w/ report writing.


  1. Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess or obtain a license as a construction inspector or a higher license category within six (6) months of appointment.
  2. Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.


Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as be able to perform the duties.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury or physical harm from exposure to building construction sites, fire scene or structural failure environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to 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.