Transportation Principal Engineer - Division of Bridges

Recruitment #230831-8739FQ-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is now accepting applications for an exciting Transportation Principal Engineer (Engineering) role within the Division of Bridges.


  • Competitive starting salary *MOU pg. 21*
  • 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
  • Alternate work schedule opportunities
  • 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 Schedules
  • Work for Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE’s) Employer of the Year!

We are looking for energetic and driven leaders who are passionate about serving the public and about the work we do within the DOT and Division of Bridges to deliver our mission.

This position requires active 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.


This posting may be used to fill a Transportation Principal Engineer position within any unit in the Division of Bridges including the newly created Railroad Bridges and Structures unit, State Bridge Design, Major Bridges & Structures, Consultant Bridge Design-CLE Program or Hydraulics and Drainage & Soils and Foundations.

Transportation Principal Engineers are critical leadership positions. They are responsible to proactively manage large, complex multi-faceted projects and programs to achieve project milestones to ultimately deliver the Department’s capital program on time and on budget.

To be successful, Transportation Principal Engineers must:
  • Lead, mentor, motivate and assist staff to develop confidence, ability, accountability to achieve required results
  • Set and enforce clear expectations to staff regarding deliverables and outcomes
  • Recognize and lead the implementation of mitigations necessary to achieve project outcomes
  • Command and lead with authority to manage and progress complex projects timely
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing, developing and delivering presentations to audiences who may have competing interests
  • Lead and steer meetings involving partners and stakeholders of various levels of authority, negotiating, compromising and influencing to achieve desired outcomes
Transportation Principal Engineers:
  • Assist other Department operating units, consulting engineers, municipalities, and other outside officials and agencies by developing and making recommendations on bridge design standards
  • Prepare reports, recommendations and correspondence
  • Supervise office functions for design projects
  • Supervise preparation of comprehensive technical reports and related correspondence
  • Make oral presentations at public information meetings and hearings
  • Review work of consultant engineers and designers
  • Supervise work of engineers, technicians and other technical and/or clerical personnel

You will be required to travel to and attend trainings, conferences, public meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours when necessary and possess and retain a valid Driver’s license. Along with your Connecticut Professional Engineer (PE) license number and expiration date, please list your Driver’s license number, expiration date, and issuing State, and any other job-relevant licenses or certifications you hold, in the "Licenses and Professional Certifications" section of your application.


  • Monday-Friday
  • Full-time (40 hours/week)
  • First (1st) Shift
  • Location:  Newington, CT
  • P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit.
  • Hybrid (office/telework) may be available
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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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Important Information After You Apply:

  • 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
Connect With Us:

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 Frank DeCusati at or 860-713-5176.


In the Department of Transportation this class is accountable for supervising the staff of a major engineering or railroad operating unit.


Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; supervises work of engineers, technicians and other technical and/or clerical personnel in any one of several organizationally specialized engineering, operations, or railroad sections; reviews detailed plans, specifications or studies of complex transportation engineering problems related to areas such as highway, bridge, facility or geometric design, traffic engineering, electrical engineering, geo-technical engineering, hydraulics and drainage, utilities, contract and project development, or railroad engineering; coordinates design or construction projects; prepares special reports, cost estimates, standards and specifications and fee schedules for consultant engineers, surveyors or contractors; reviews progress reports; 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, drainage or hydraulics, research, pavement design, pavement management, traffic and utilities; considerable knowledge of administrative and financial controls with respect to transportation engineering plans, contracts, projects and reports; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of latest techniques and procedures employed in field of engineering or land surveying as applied to Department of Transportation; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to interpret and apply principles of information systems and technologies; considerable ability to analyze and review engineering reports and plans; supervisory ability.


Nine (9) years of experience in complex transportation engineering projects.


One (1) year of the general experience must have been in a supervisor capacity over transportation engineering design projects. For state employees supervisory experience is interpreted at the level of Transportation Supervising Engineer (ENGINEERING).


  • Possession of a degree in Civil or Transportation Engineering, or a closely related engineering field
  • Experience setting clear expectations regarding deliverables and outcomes while leading staff
  • Experience recognizing and leading the implementation of mitigations necessary to achieve project outcomes
  • Experience with engineering design related to Highway and/or Railroad structures
  • Experience directly and successfully managing administrative and technical staff and tasks to achieve project milestones
  • Experience in effective leadership throughout project meetings
  • Experience using Bluebeam and Office 365 tools
  • Experience writing technical documents such as design specifications and experience with Highway and/or Railroad structures standards and regulations
  • Experience applying management principles and techniques in the delivery of the Department’s capital program
  • Experience applying management principles and techniques to manage staffing at all experience levels
  • Experience providing effective verbal and written communication, including presentations
  • Experience using effective interpersonal skills with diverse groups and individuals including stakeholders and staff of various levels
  • Experience with structural design, bridge and highway design, construction methods and materials
  • Experience with current innovative techniques and procedures employed in the field of bridge engineering
  • Experience with relevant department policies and procedures
  • Experience with relevant state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations
  • Experience analyzing and reviewing engineering reports, plans and specifications
  • Experience interpreting and applying principles of information systems and technologies
  • Experience analyzing design problems and determining effective solutions


1. Incumbents must possess 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.
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.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.