Qualified Craft Worker (Automotive And Mechanical Equipment)


Recruitment #240410-6727FM-001


Do you have experience in the automotive and mechanical equipment trade?
If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) is hiring for multiple Qualified Craft Worker (Automotive And Mechanical Equipment) opportunities, statewide. 


  • Competitive salary
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  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings 
  • Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • A culture that encourages work/life balance
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  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Current vacancies are located in the towns listed above, however this recruitment will also be used to fill future vacancies.

    As a skilled mechanic, you will perform a variety of diagnostics, repairs, and maintenance-related duties focused on the Department's diverse fleet. This includes Class 1 through 8 vehicles, heavy construction equipment, complex mechanical equipment, and highway maintenance equipment.

    • 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. CDL permit is required by date of hire.  
    • 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) who are 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.
    • 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.

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      As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employees 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.

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      Selection Plan

      To Apply:
      • In order to be considered for this job opening you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the 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.
      • 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 individual listed on this job posting. 
      • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69the 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 in the next twelve (12) months.
      • 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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      In a state agency, this class is accountable for performing a full range of highly skilled duties in the automotive and mechanical equipment trade area.


      Performs highly skilled tasks in accordance with standard automotive and mechanical equipment trade practices and codes; diagnoses failure in all types of automotive and heavy mobile equipment; services, dismantles, overhauls and reassembles front ends, engines, standard and automatic transmissions, rear ends, hydraulic systems and automotive electrical systems; constructs and repairs any needed parts; welds or brazes parts by oxyacetylene torch or electric welding; makes estimates of time, personnel and determines and obtains required materials on assigned tasks; keeps necessary records; in smaller trade areas may be the sole worker running a skilled trade area; may perform duties related to similar trade areas as required; may operate testing equipment required to diagnose automotive electronic components; may act as liaison with other operating units and outside contacts; may operate heavy equipment; may respond to fire and/or crash emergency situations at state owned airports; performs related duties as required.


      Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply standard tools, materials, methods and standard automotive and mechanical equipment trade practices; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare estimates and keep shop records; some ability to utilize computer software.


      Four (4) years of experience in tasks in the automotive and mechanical equipment trade.


      Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been performing skilled automotive and mechanical equipment trades.
      Note: For State Employees, this is interpreted at the level of Skilled Maintainer or Transportation Maintainer 2.


      1. Graduation from a vocational or technical school with a diploma designating completion of subject requirements in a maintenance trade area may be substituted for two (2) years of the General Experience.
      2. Two (2) years of experience as a Qualified Craft Worker Intern in a designated maintenance trade area may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
      3. Experience performing technical duties within the automotive and mechanical equipment trade area on a military base, aircraft carrier or large compound may be substituted for the General and Special Experience on a year for year basis.


      • Experience performing diesel, B-Tech level, and light truck repairs
      • Education in diesel technology repairs and/or auto repairs, heavy equipment repair
      • Experience maintaining and performing diagnostic repairs in relation to various makes and models, heavy trucks, construction equipment, and small engines
      • Experience working with automotive repair software, including diagnostic and repair information research
      • Experience with vehicle electric system diagnosis
      • Experience in the areas of repair welding and fabrication
      • Experience diagnosing and repairing basic hydraulic systems
      • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel
      • Experience with record keeping


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


      At State Airports: In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


      1. 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.
      2. A physical examination may be required.


      1. 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.
      2. 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.