Transportation Engineer 3 (Construction Engineering) (40 Hour)

Recruitment #240412-8774FQ-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Engineering and Constructionis accepting applications for two (2) Transportation Engineer 3 (Construction Engineering) positions with openings in the Division of Construction Operations, AASHTOWare, Subletting, and Civil Rights Section, and the Special Project/Claims and Litigation Section located at the DOT Headquarters in Newington, CT.


  • 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 per week)
  • First shift
  • Location:  Newington, CT
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy. The Policy can be found at  Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office.
  • In the P-4 (Engineering, Scientific and Technical) bargaining unit
AASHTOWare, Subletting, and Civil Rights Group:

This position is responsible for acting as a working lead, supervising DOT engineers, consulting engineers, and other DOT employees in the Division of Construction Operations Central Construction Unit.

The areas of focus for this position will be related to leading staff in the AASHTOWare coordination, Subletting, and Civil Rights efforts. Duties will include leading and supervising staff assisting with development and administration of the Civil Rights and Construction and Materials portions of AASHTOWare and other software used by the Office of Construction. This will include preparing and assisting with the implementation of new modules in AWP; updating manuals, guides and workflows to document required procedures. Training DOT, Contractor, and Consultant Staff, maintaining and updating the software, and other related assignments. This position will be required to perform other associated office and unit responsibilities for Construction highway projects as necessary.

Among the expected assigned duties is to become familiar with the Department’s current Construction Management System (CMS) software, SiteManager and transition the workflows to the new AASHTOWare software and to identify new electronic methods to accomplish related office procedures using Office 365 and SharePoint automation with the use of the CMS and other software, as well as other means; act as a liaison from the DCO to the District and the Office of Contract Compliance related to use of AASHTOWare in addressing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Prompt Payment monitoring, reporting, and conformance with contract documents as well as state and federal regulations; collect, record, prepare and analyze data pertaining to EEO/DBE/SBE program; provide guidance and assistance with monitoring and addressing payroll issues related to enforcement of State and Federal Department of Labor (DOL) rules and regulations; assist in preparing reports for transportation-related project expenditures; prepare written responses for review of management for requests for changes, transfers, reassignments, or disposal of some or all portions of contract work; report writing and researching and preparing administrative reports. Related duties to be performed may include assisting with developing or revising construction specifications, and Construction Manual or other procedures; managing records and files; review contracts for conformance with latest specification documents; collecting, recording, preparing and analyzing data; research to prepare administrative reports; review issues to assist with developing Lessons Learned and recommend Best Practices; perform related duties as required.

This will include assigning and reviewing work of employees supervised, reviewing contractor conformance with requirements and making recommendations for approval of subletting, pre-award commitment modifications, DBE and SBE shortfalls; assisting in a lead capacity related to the implementation and operation of the construction management system related to subletting and civil rights; serving as a technical advisor on subletting matters; providing staff and industry training and assistance; conducting or assisting in conducting performance evaluations; acting as a liaison with other operating units, agencies, consultants, the contracting community, and outside officials regarding policies and procedures; recommending policies and standards; preparing and updating procedural manuals and workflows, conducting training classes; preparing reports and correspondence; public speaking; oral and written presentations; related duties as required.

Claims and Litigation/Special Projects Section:

This position is responsible for acting as a working lead, supervising DOT engineers, consulting engineers, and other DOT employees in the Claims and Litigation/Special Projects Section. Duties include reviewing and making recommendations on contractor monetary claims; supervising DOT and consultant engineers in the evaluation and analysis of contractor claims; solicitation of consultant services; facilitation of the financial needs of the unit; analyzing and making recommendations on design issues encountered during construction projects; serving as a technical advisor on construction matters; leading and coordination of construction pilot projects, assisting with other needs of the DCO such as subletting and civil rights monitoring, AASHTOWare administration, developing procedures and specifications, distributing, prioritizing, overseeing and reviewing unit work as assigned by a supervisor; providing staff training and assistance; conducting or assisting in conducting performance evaluations; acting as a liaison with other operating units, agencies, consultants, the Contracting Community and outside officials regarding policies and procedures; recommending policies and standards; preparing reports and correspondence; public speaking; oral and written presentations; related duties as required.

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Selection Plan

  • 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.

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.
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  • 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 working lead who assists a supervisor in supervising a designated group of employees and/or for performing the most complex engineering or related tasks in one or more aspects of transportation construction engineering projects or studies in the areas of construction, administration, rehabilitation, surveying, testing, materials testing, maintenance or operations.


Conducts field and office investigations of engineering, technical or other problems and prepares reports for higher level employees; analyzes problems and recommends effective solutions; assists in establishment of policy, procedures and methods; represents department in legislative matters; assists in development and review of department contracts; performs related duties as required.

WORKING LEAD LEVEL:  As assigned by the supervisor distributes, prioritizes, oversees and reviews unit work; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies, consultant staffs and other outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; recommends policies and standards; prepares reports and correspondence; performs related duties as required.

Oversees a group of engineers and personnel of lower grade in construction of highways or other transportation projects; acts as a liaison with consulting engineers; trains in-house and consultant inspectors; reviews construction final cost estimates and verifies final payments; serves as technical advisor for construction projects; develops and maintains cost data relative to design, construction and maintenance of highways and bridges; prepares comprehensive reports; develops and maintains standards and specifications for highways and bridges consistent with technological advances in design, construction and maintenance; oversees group of engineers and other personnel conducting preliminary reconnaissance location surveys, preliminary design, estimating and plan preparation or conducting boundary surveys, setting and checking boundary monuments and preparing right-of-way boundary plans; oversees chemical and physical testing and analysis and makes recommendations concerning suitability of construction and maintenance materials; prepares survey reports and recommendations on highway location; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of principles and practices involved in transportation construction engineering such as construction, surveys, geodetic surveys and materials testing; considerable knowledge of highway construction methods and materials; knowledge of administrative and financial controls with respect to transportation construction engineering plans, contracts, projects and reports: considerable knowledge of operational methodologies and established policies; considerable analytical, problem solving and technical report development skills; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to interpret and apply principles of information systems and technologies; ability to analyze plans and estimates; some supervisory ability.



A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Construction Management and three (3) years of experience in transportation construction engineering.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the working level in a professional transportation construction engineering capacity. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Transportation Engineer 2 (CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING).


1. Possession of Land Surveyor (LS) licensure or Professional Engineer (PE) licensure from the Department of Consumer Protection State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors consistent with C.G.S.§20-302 may be substituted for the Bachelor's degree requirement.
2. Possession of Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) licensure or Engineer-In-Training (EIT) licensure from the Department of Consumer Protection State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors consistent with C.G.S.§20-302 may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree requirement.
3. Possession of at least Level III certification in the Civil Engineering Technology-Transportation Program, Highway Construction Inspection or Highway Surveys from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree requirement.
4. A Master’s degree in engineering may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
5. Current incumbents in the class of Transportation Engineer 2 (CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING) who do not possess the degree or certification/licensure qualifications as detailed on this class specification may be considered for promotion to Transportation Engineer 3 (CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING) upon having three (3) years of experience in transportation construction engineering. One (1) of the three (3) years must have been as a Transportation Engineer 2 (CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING).


  • Experience communicating clearly and concisely in a leadership capacity with attention to detail and organization.
  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and/or Professional Engineer (P.E.) licenses
  • Experience with Subletting, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, and Small Business Enterprise project administration for Transportation Projects.
  • Project Management experience which would include some or all of the following: leading staff; conflict resolution, preparing letters, memorandums, and other correspondences; developing or reviewing procedures during development; reviewing contractor submittals based on requirements; analyzing design or construction problems and determining effective solutions; price or project issue negotiations; reviewing construction schedules, time extensions, and change orders; analyzing reviewing, and interpreting engineering reports, plans, and specifications; analyzing design or construction problems and determining effective solutions; price or project issue negotiations.
  • Experience using SiteManager, AASHTOWare, and COMPASS, CTDOT Construction Manual, and the Microsoft Office Suite with emphasis on Excel, Word, Project, Bluebeam, Teams, and Outlook.
  • Professional ambition, Leadership skills, self-motivation, considerable oral and written communication skills, and strong organizational skills.
  • Experience leading or supervising staff.
  • Experience communicating with various constituents through phone, e-mail and face to face interactions, and presentations.
  • Experience managing or leading initiatives and projects.
  • Experience with pilot projects.


1. Incumbents may be required to possess appropriate certification from the NorthEast Transportation Training and Certification Program (NETTCP). 
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license. 
3. Incumbents may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from highway or construction 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.