In the Division of Highway Design, engineers have the challenge to not only improve Connecticut’s transportation system to meet operational and safety needs, but also to balance improvements against environmental, historic, cultural, community, aesthetic, and economic impacts. Engineers in the Division of Highway Design provide lead services in the development of projects that improve the safety, capacity, and efficiency of the State’s transportation system and find solutions to challenging roadway and multi-modal improvement problems. The State Design Unit consists of in-house highway design engineers who provide lead or support services in the development of capital projects. They develop design alternatives into contract plans, specifications, and construction estimates, provide technical guidance on elements such as roadway geometry, roadside safety, and highway drainage, and they also coordinate roadway improvements with stakeholders such as municipal leaders, neighborhood groups, businesses, and homeowners. The Consultant Design Unit is responsible for overseeing engineering consultant firms that assist the Department in designing larger complex projects. The Project Development Unit is responsible for identifying and scoping all transportation projects for the Division of Highway Design as well as managing all roadway related assets.
Engineers in the Division of Bridges work with a variety of transportation structures. They provide lead or support services in the development of capital projects as well as inspection of in-service structures. They use advanced analysis software and CADD technology to prepare designs including geometrics, drainage, structural analysis including load ratings, creating bid documents for traffic and roadway structures, as well as bridge rehabilitations or replacements, and develop specifications and cost estimates. They administer projects from project concept, through design including coordinating permits, and coordinating with municipalities and utilities, then follow the project through to construction. During construction, they review contractor developed drawings to facilitate construction, ensure contract compliance and provide support to address construction complications. Bridge engineers also perform structure inspections assuring safety, capacity and efficiency of the State’s bridge infrastructure as well as carry out detailed geotechnical analysis and hydraulic analysis and review analysis done by outside parties. In addition, bridge engineers manage projects and programs designed by consultant firms.
Engineers in the Division of Traffic Engineering conduct traffic engineering studies and perform traffic flow analyses. They also develop designs for traffic signal systems and traffic control signals and review major commercial developments for their effect on highway operations. The Traffic Safety Engineering unit works to prevent fatal and serious injury crashes. Traffic safety engineers work to implement new and innovative solutions proven to save lives and reduce serious injuries.
The Division of Facilities and Transit consists of the Facilities Design, AEC Applications, Environmental Compliance, and Engineering Services (Pavement Design and Utilities Coordination) units. The Facilities Design Unit provides in-house and consultant engineering design and technical support services in the areas of Civil, Architectural, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. The primary focus is the renovation or new construction of facilities that support the roadway, bridge, rail transit, and bus transit operations. These projects include highway maintenance and repair facilities, rail stations, rail maintenance facilities, track, signal and catenary for rail operations, bus maintenance facilities, parking garages, salt sheds and both above ground and underground storage tanks, electric vehicle charging stations and solar array fields. Engineers in AEC Applications are responsible for developing and establishing electronic design standards and computer applications development, support and training. Environmental Compliance provides technical support and regulatory guidance on matters related to hazardous wastes and regulated contaminated materials. Pavement Design engineers provide design and technical support for projects that span across Connecticut’s roughly 10,000 lane-mile roadway network.
Engineers in Project Administration are the in-house team responsible for advising, monitoring and delivering the Capital Program. The Contract Development team oversees the development of contract documents and reviews plans and specifications for consistency, completeness and accuracy to ensure capital projects are suitable for advertising. The Cost Estimating team prepares final confidential cost estimates and evaluates bids received on Department advertised projects. The Asset Management team is responsible for implementing the Department’s Highway and Transit Asset Management Plans in regards to inventory, condition, lifecycle management, risk management, financial planning and investment strategies to maintain assets in a State of Good Repair, and is responsible for regularly monitoring asset performance metrics and financial investments. The Pavement Management team is responsible for compiling pavement condition information and proposing cost-effective treatment strategies to optimize investments in pavements. The Program and Project Management team supports the Chief Engineer’s office in Capital Program management oversight and project prioritization as well as the identification and tracking of risks to project delivery. The ADA Engineering Coordination team monitors and reports on the Department’s ADA compliance as it relates to activities within the public right-of-way.
In the Bureau of Public Transportation, you will be assigned a variety of tasks related to rail planning, design, construction, maintenance of railway and safety. This includes field inspection, data collection, report reviews, design reviews, coordination with the various freight and facility operators, construction inspection, force account oversight, invoicing management of maintenance of way activities, safety oversight and preparation of reports. Some of the positions will be involved in the electrification of the Connecticut transit system including the design and construction of new and existing transit facilities to charge, store and maintain the new fleet of state-of-the-Art Battery Electric Buses.
The duties will include traveling to worksites for field inspection, data collection, coordination with the various Transit, freight and facility operators, construction inspection, force account project oversight, invoicing, management of maintenance of way activities, safety oversight and preparation of reports.
The Office of Rail is responsible for operations of the New Haven Line, Hartford Line, and Shore Line East commuter rail services including operational planning, rail fare policies, fare revenue projections, ridership data, and schedule changes; administers the capital programs for the Connecticut-owned portion of the New Haven Line, Waterbury Line, Danbury Line, New Canaan Line, Hartford Line, Shore Line East, and Connecticut-owned rail freight lines; conducts rail planning studies; and coordinates with federal, state, regional, local, and railroad officials. The Rail Design and Construction Unit is responsible for providing the project management function for all rail capital projects including project initiation, engineering and design, contracts and agreements, construction inspection, and invoice review. Develops and implements rail infrastructure renewal and capital maintenance programs with operating railroads. Assists with the development of long- and short-range capital project budgets and schedules. The Rail Operations Unit oversees the day-to-day operations of the New Haven Line, Shore Line East and Hartford Line commuter rail service in conjunction with contract service providers (Metro-North, AMTRAK, and TASI). Responsibilities include analysis, investigation, and resolution of New Haven Line, Shore Line East, and Hartford Line service problems or proposals relating to schedules, fares, equipment, and operations in general; the property management function for state-owned rail rights-of-way; provides project management of rolling stock purchases or repairs; provides oversight of all maintenance equipment.
The Office of Transit and Ridesharing is responsible for overseeing CTtransit bus operations in Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, New Britain, Bristol, Meriden, Wallingford, and Waterbury including monitoring and developing systems for ridership data, and schedule changes; administering the capital programs for those programs and managing the procurement of all rolling stock, i.e., Buses. Coordinates with federal, state, regional, local, and Transit officials. The Design and Construction Unit is responsible for providing the project management function for all bus capital projects including project initiation, engineering and design, contracts and agreements, construction inspection, and invoice review. Develops and implements transit infrastructure program and capital maintenance programs with FTA. Assist with the development of long- and short-range capital project budgets and schedules. Additionally, the Transit group oversees the budgeting and capital plan of all other urban and rural transit agencies.
The CTDOT is mandated to convert the transit system in Connecticut to 100% electrification by 2035 and has an ambitious program to update and electrify all Transit facilities in the state of Connecticut.
Positions may also be available in other program areas. Positions may also be available in other program areas. Visit our website to learn more about the Connecticut DOT!