Electrical Engineer Trainee

Transportation Engineer Trainee

Recruitment #230208-8741FS-001


Do you want to be part of a great team of Engineering and Construction professionals who are shaping the future of the Transportation in Connecticut?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for an Electrical Engineer Trainee (Transportation Engineer Trainee) within Traffic Signals, Electrical Section in the Bureau of Engineering and Construction, Division of Traffic Engineering in Newington, CT.



  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • 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


  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday – Friday
  • First Shift
  • Location: 2800 Berlin Turnpike Newington, CT
  • Hybrid telework schedules available
Current Electrical Engineering students who will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering by the end of May 2023 are strongly encouraged to apply!

*New hires to state service start at Payplan FS 18, Step 5


Transportation Engineer Trainee (TET) positions are entry-level engineering positions and primarily perform transportation design and related engineering work. TETs receive training to develop technical engineering skills/knowledge and are eligible for promotion to the target class of Transportation Engineer 1 (Engineering), after successful completion of the one (1) year training program. Discover the opportunity to utilize computer aided design software (MicroStation) and other applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel. In this role you'll be able to showcase your oral, written, organizational and interpersonal skills. You'll read and analyze construction plans and estimates and you will also be expected to problem solve, recommend, and implement effective solutions in a timely manner.

Applicants must be available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, field reviews, etc., both within and outside of normal working hours, when necessary. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required and must be maintained. 

Application Details: Please list your Driver's license number, expiration date and issuing State, Engineer in Training license number (if applicable), and any other job-relevant licenses or certifications you hold in the Licenses and Professional Certifications section of your application. In the location section of your application, please select Newington, or all. Failure to complete any of these steps may result in not being considered for this role.


DOT’s mission is 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. Learn more about our mission, vision, and values here! The Bureau of Engineering and Construction develops and implements the capital program for Connecticut’s transportation network. The program is delivered through efficient and innovative engineering and construction solutions with stakeholder input to improve public safety and mobility, enhance economic vitality, and improve community connectivity while preserving environmental and cultural resources.

Watch the video below to see what Transportation Engineers do at the Connecticut DOT!


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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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 Sharon McIntosh at


In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority, this class is accountable for receiving training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional transportation engineering and transportation construction engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement in the field of transportation engineering.


Electrical Engineer Trainees in the Traffic Signals, Electrical section are exposed to stimulating work assignments to enhance their engineering skills and specialize in technical and highly sought-after fields.

Duties include:

  • Design and review of electrical elements for traffic control signals and other electrical needs on all State roadways
  • Prepare plans using CAD software 
  • Prepare specifications and estimates for electrical elements related to transportation projects
  • Coordinate with utilities on Traffic Engineering signal projects and ensure NESC, NEC, and PURA codes/regulations are met
  • Review and approve product data submittals from contractors for signal equipment
  • Conduct field inspection and ensure electrical elements of traffic signals are constructed per contract documents
  • Prepare power letters used to determine electricity costs for State-owned signal equipment
  • Provide technical assistance in researching and developing specifications for new technology


General knowledge of basic transportation engineering theories, principles and methods; skill in use of drafting and calculating instruments and other computer applications; considerable ability in performing mathematical computations, making neat and accurate drawings and preparing minor design and structural details.


Possession of a Bachelor's degree.
  1. If the target job classification has a Minimum Qualification that requires specific licensure and/or the Bachelor's degree to be in a specific area(s), then these specific licensures and degree areas are required for appointment to the Transportation Engineer Trainee classification.
  2. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.


1. Possession of 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 General Experience requirement.
2. Possession of 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 General Experience requirement.
NOTE: The following additional substitutions are allowed for the Target Class of Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction Engineering):
1. Possession of Land Surveyor (LS) 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 General Experience requirement.
2. Possession of Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) 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 General Experience requirement.
3. Possession of at least Level III certification, from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), in one of the following Civil Engineering Technology Programs may be substituted for the General Experience requirement:
a. Transportation Construction Inspection Program - Highway Construction Inspection.
b. Construction Materials Testing Program - Asphalt or Concrete.
c. Transportation Program - Highway Materials, Highway Surveys or Highway Construction Inspection
4. Possession of a Level III Survey Technician Certification from the National Society of Professional Surveyors may be substituted for the General Experience requirement.
5. Possession of an American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification, at the level of a Welding Inspector (WI) or above, may be substituted for the General Experience requirement.


  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college or university
  • 3.0 or higher grade-point average in relevant engineering courses
  • Academic, internship, or work history experience utilizing engineering-related computer software
  • Experience with presentation skills and oral and written communication skills
  • Completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Knowledge and/or experience with CTDOT Standard Specifications and CTDOT Design Manuals
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Access
  • Experience efficiently managing large workloads
  • Education or experience with interpreting construction plans and specifications


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury or physical harm from highway, construction site, or on-site environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from 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.