Qualified Craft Worker: Machine Shop and Equipment Repair

Recruitment #240130-6824FM-001


Are you a welding professional who enjoys performing highly skilled tasks within your trade, with excellent benefits? If so, come make an impact with the Department of Transportation's facility in Rocky Hill! Read below & apply today!


  • Competitive starting salary
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform an article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • A culture that encourages work-life balance
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • 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
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
  • Join an award winning agency! CT DOT has been recently awarded the Employer of the Year award by the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE)!

  • Monday-Friday
  • Full-time (40 hours/week)
  • 1st Shift (7:30am- 4:00pm)
  • *New state employees start at the minimum of the pay plan.  
As a Welder, your role will perform a variety of repairs and fabrication-related duties in conjunction Department's diverse fleet of equipment. 
  • The Department’s fleet includes:
    • Class 1 through 8 vehicles 
    • Heavy construction equipment 
    • Complex mechanical equipment
    • Highway maintenance equipment
In this role, you will be expected to read and understand moderately complex diagrams, as well as the required mathematical calculations.
  • A residency within 30-miles of the job location.
  • For candidates without a CDL: As a condition of permanent employment, selected candidates must obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) A or B, with "tank and airbrake endorsements," and a valid Medical Examiner's Card (MEC) within 6-months of initial employment.
    • Selected candidates will be enrolled in, and expected to complete, an agency paid selected CDL training program to assist in preparation for CDL licensure. This requires a selected candidate to obtain a CDL learning permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles.  
  • For candidates who already possess a CDL: Be sure to indicate the Type, Issuing Agency, License number, Expiration Date, and all endorsements in the "Licenses and Professional Certificates" section of your application.  You will also be required to thoroughly complete the Connecticut Department of Transportation Commercial Driver Supplement (CTDOT-CDL-1) form.              
  • Candidates who currently possess a Medical Examiner's Card (MEC), be sure to include the MEC expiration date in the ""Licenses and Professional Certificates"" section of your application form.                    
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. Those applicants who hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), invited to interview, will be required to produce a copy of their current valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A or B, and valid Medical Examiner's Card (MEC) at time of interview.
  • As a support to Highway Operations units, various storm events will require employees to be at work prior to, during, and after a storm or weather event, which at times could be up to a period of several days, to include holidays and weekends. Additionally, in preparation for the winter season, overtime may be required to prepare the fleet and equipment.
  • Must be willing to accept assignment to emergency duties, whenever your services are needed; to include mandatory winter overtime from November 1 through April 30.  
  • Candidates must show how they meet the required knowledge and experience on their application to proceed further in the hiring process.   
  • Must be in compliance with the Department's Lead Health and Safety and Silica Safety Programs; (respirator physical, a current respirator fit test).                                                          
PLEASE NOTE: Prior to hire, selected candidates will be required to complete a preemployment physical and work assessment, which will include a respirator physical to be in compliance with the Department's Respirator Policy. A respirator fit test will be performed upon hire.
ABOUT US: As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employs approximately 3,000 individuals statewide in five distinct bureaus. It is our mission to provide a safe, accessible and efficient multimodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. We have a significant transportation infrastructure system that is essential to maintaining mobility for Connecticut residents and businesses and supporting economic and community development while preserving environmental and cultural resources. The Department of Transportation is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve. Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.

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
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited.  If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting. 
Important Information After You Apply:
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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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 the Department of Transportation (DOT) this class is accountable for performing a full range of highly skilled duties in the DOT machine shop and equipment and vehicle repair trade area.


  • Performs highly skilled tasks in accordance with standard machine shop trade practices and codes; 
  • Performs equipment/vehicle repair fabrication, parts manufacturing, and specialized parts and equipment modifications;
  • Follows established quality and safety standards;
  • Makes estimates of time, personnel and determines and obtains required materials on assigned tasks; 
  • Performs duties related to similar trade areas as required; 
  • Keeps necessary records; 
  • May perform large-scale vehicle and equipment painting jobs; 
  • May fabricate specialized road signage; 
  • May operate heavy equipment; 
  • May act as liaison with other operating units and outside contacts; 
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Operates various types of computer numeric controlled production machines in the machining of forgings made from various types of metals;
  • Sets up and operates lathes, shapers, planers, slotters, power saws, milling machines, drill presses and similar metal working power equipment working to close tolerances; 
  • Uses taps, reamers, files and other hand tools; 
  • Uses precision or standard measuring devices such as inside and outside micrometers, dial indicators, vernier scales, height stands swing gauges, air gauges, fixed frame gauges or special gauges, profilometers, etc. to check machined dimensions and surface finishes conforming to specifications; 
  • Fashions machine parts, shafts, bearings, gears and a variety of other items of specialized machinery and equipment; 
  • Dismantles equipment, locates source of inadequate performance and makes necessary repairs; 
  • Operates, assembles and tests equipment, makes repairs to a wide variety of tools and other metal objects; 
  • Uses both electric and acetylene welders in making repairs; 
  • May do blacksmith work; 
  • May repair builders hardware; 
  • May act as chief mechanic on heavy, fixed equipment servicing, dismantling, overhauling, repairing and reassembling such equipment; 
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Diagnoses malfunctions in all types of defective automotive, mechanical and heavy mobile equipment by inspecting and testing using devises such as motor analyzers, handheld computers and chassis charts to determine how to address problems;
  • Services, dismantles, overhauls and reassembles front ends, engines, standard and automatic transmissions, rear ends, hydraulic systems and automotive electrical systems;
  • Uses different tools and equipment, such as pressure gauges, pneumatic wrenches, welding equipment, screwdrivers, hoists and jacks, to repair trucks while constantly utilizing safety precautions;
  • Constructs and repairs any needed parts;
  • Welds or brazes parts by oxyacetylene torch or electric welding;
  • Operates testing equipment required to diagnose automotive electronic components;
  • Test drives vehicles to ensure they are running properly and to identify issues and determine solution;
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Tests and inspects welded surfaces and structure to discover flaws;
  • Plans layouts and procedures;
  • Determines the appropriate welding equipment or machinery to be used;
  • Aligns components using calipers, rulers etc. and clamp pieces;
  • Welds mental parts by using manual and semi-automatic welding equipment including, oxyacetylene torch and welding rods or electric welding apparatus;
  • Brazes parts;
  • Dismantles equipment and makes necessary repairs;
  • Assembles and tests equipment;
  • Maintains and repairs welding tools and equipment;
  • May do blacksmith work;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply standard tools, materials, methods and standard machinist, heavy truck mechanic or welder equipment trade practices; 
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to
    • prepare estimates and keep shop records; 
    • utilize computer software.


Four (4) years of experience in the machine shop trade, auto body/equipment repair, or welding duties.


  • Graduation from a vocational or technical school with a diploma designating completion of subject requirements in a maintenance trade area may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
  • Two (2) years of experience as a Qualified Craft Worker Intern in a designated maintenance trade area may be substituted for the General Experience.
  • Experience performing technical duties within the machine shop trade area, auto body/equipment repair, or welding on a military base, aircraft carrier or large compound may be substituted for the General Experience on a year for year basis.


  • Valid 1G/2G combo or 3G Welding Certification. 
  • Experience in welding and metal fabrication using oxy/acetylene torches, MIG and TIG type welders.
  • Experience organizing, storing and locating welding tools.
  • Experience utilizing various measuring devices such as rulers and micrometers.


Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess or acquire and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.


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


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights and to use protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles; and may be exposed to risk of injury from equipment, extreme weather conditions and/or environmental conditions.
  • The appointing authority may require completion of hazardous materials training programs, such as asbestos, PCB, PFAS, consistent with EPA guidelines for operations and maintenance during employment in this class.



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.