Transportation Engineer 3 (Engineering)

Hydraulics and Drainage

Recruitment #230519-9108FQ-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for Transportation Engineer 3 positions within the Bureau of Engineering and Construction, Division of Bridges, Hydraulics and Drainage section at our Headquarters in Newington.

  • Competitive starting salary
  • 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
  • On-site low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging
  • Ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Work for a Forbes top company: 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
  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • Location: Newington
  • Hybrid (office/telework) may be available
Please list your Driver's license number, expiration date, and issuing State, Engineer in Training, and/or Professional Engineer license number (if applicable) and any other job-relevant licenses or certifications you hold, in the Licenses and Professional Certifications section of your application.

The DOT has challenging openings for senior engineers involved in all aspects of hydraulic engineering and water resource matters related to transportation facilities and projects. These positions are full time, 40 hours per week. Positions are located in the DOT's Hydraulics and Drainage section.

Engineers in the Hydraulics and Drainage (H&D) section:
  • Provide specialized engineering, technical support and policy advice on all storm water and water resource management issues related to the planning, permitting, design, construction, and maintenance of transportation facilities,
  • Perform hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, hydraulic design and/or review of storm drainage systems, culverts, highway or railroad bridges over waterways, detention facilities, dams and related hydraulic structures,
  • Perform bridge scour analysis, prepare revetment and scour countermeasure design and assist with bridge scour monitoring,
  • Prepare flood management certifications and other permit documentation,
  • Provide design support and technical advice to other Department units on hydraulic and drainage activities associated with the design and/or maintenance of transportation facilities,
  • Review commercial development proposals brought before the Office of State Traffic administration and district permit offices.
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.

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Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Please ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.
  • 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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Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • 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.
  • 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 question'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.
  • 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, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancies are listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • 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 the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority 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 engineering projects or studies in the areas of administration, bridge design, design, drainage, electrical, foundations, hydraulics, maintenance, operations, pavement management, regulation compliance, rehabilitation, research, traffic or utilities.


  • oversees work of lower-level engineers• performs complex design work  
  • makes field inspection of bridge sites to obtain information necessary for design of structures
  • oversees state and consultant engineers in review of storm sewer and culvert designs and computations prepared by Design division and contracting engineers
  • provides technical advice on pollution control measures and storm sewer and culvert designs• prepares computations for storm sewer and culvert designs
  • analyzes problems, reads plans, and interprets reports related to hydraulics, bridge scour, drainage, flooding, flood management and recommends effective solutions as a retrofit or as part of a proposed project design
  • develops regulatory floodplain/floodway models to ensure proposed designs comply with state flood management and NFIP regulations
  • conducts bridge scour evaluations, prepares scour estimates/calculations, NBI ratings, slope protection (revetment) and scour countermeasure designs and scour reports
  • attends field reviews on all new designs for highway projects
  • recommends revisions to improve drainage design
  • oversees analyses, computations, preparation of plans and data relating to hydraulic problems encountered in planning and design of highways
  • performs hydrographic analysis and flood routing for retention basin designs
  • serves as expert witness in court cases
  • reviews drainage design on major permit applications for shopping centers and housing developments
  • assists in preparation and updating of Drainage Manual
  • recommends treatment of alignment, grade, surface and drainage features
  • 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.
  • 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.


Considerable knowledge of principles and practices involved in transportation engineering such as bridge design, foundations, highway design, transportation facilities design, transportation planning, maintenance, drainage or hydraulics, research, pavement design, pavement management and traffic; knowledge of administrative and financial controls with respect to transportation 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 and three (3) years of experience in transportation engineering.


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


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 Bachelor's degree 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 Bachelor’s degree requirement.

3. A Master’s degree in engineering may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.

4. Current incumbents in the class of Transportation Engineer 2 (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 (ENGINEERING) upon having three (3) years of experience in transportation engineering. One (1) of the three (3) years' must have been as a Transportation Engineer 2 (ENGINEERING).


  • Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and/or Professional Engineer (P.E.) license
  • Experience utilizing knowledge of hydrologic and hydraulic engineering as it applies to transportation projects
  • Experience applying the latest techniques and procedures employed in the field of hydraulic engineering, including hands-on experience in watershed and hydraulic modeling using state-of-the-art computer software
  • Experience performing bridge scour evaluations, preparing scour estimates/calculations, NBI ratings, slope protection (revetment) and scour countermeasure designs and scour reports
  • Experience analyzing problems, reading plans, and interpreting reports related to hydraulics, bridge scour, drainage, flooding, flood management and recommending effective solutions as a retrofit or as part of a proposed project design
  • Experience showcasing knowledge and understanding of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) and Regulations Connecticut State Agencies relating to Flood Management Certification and other water resource permitting administered by Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP)
  • Hands-on experience working with FEMA Flood Insurance Studies (FIS), mapping and technical data for the development of regulatory floodplain/floodway models for compliance with state flood management and NFIP regulations
  • Experience preparing technical memoranda, letters, reports, and other documents
  • Experience supervising, evaluating, and developing improved performance of junior engineers
  • Experience using Office365, Bentley MicroStation or Openroads, Microsoft SharePoint and COMPASS


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

2. 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.