Transportation Engineer Trainee (Construction Engineering)

Recruitment #240207-8741FS-001


Current students who will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering by the end of May 2024 are strongly encouraged to apply!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is accepting applications for Transportation Engineer Trainee (Construction Engineering) positions in the Division of Construction Operations, Specifications section and Subletting and Civil Rights section.


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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.


    Promotional Opportunity


    Transportation Engineer Trainee


    After successful completion of a one (1) year training program, you will be promoted to Transportation Engineer 1 (Engineering) or Transportation Engineer 1 (Construction Engineering)


    After successful completion of two (2) years as a Transportation Engineer 1, you will be promoted to Transportation Engineer 2



    • Full Time, 40 hours per week
    • Monday through Friday
    • Location: Positions available at the DOT Headquarters in Newington, CT
    • Applicants must be available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, field reviews, etc.
    • A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required and must be maintained
    • Hybrid (office/telework) may be available in accordance with the Telework Policy, which can be found here

    Specifications:  This position assists with updating and maintaining standard specifications, standard drawings, and special provisions, and is a non-voting member of the Standard Specifications Committee.  That work includes collaborating with other Department units via Teams, Sharepoint or in-person meetings.  Other duties under the Division of Construction Operations include reviewing plans, specifications and estimates during the design phase of projects, reviewing Bulletins and Directives and other intermittent tasks to support the Division.

    Subletting and Civil Rights:  Working in the Department's Construction Management Records Software System, duties will include reviewing contractor submittals for conformance with specifications and regulations, serving as a technical advisor on subletting and DBE/SBE matters, conducting or assisting in conducting Commercial Useful Function (CUF) reviews; acting as a liaison with other operating units, agencies, consultants, and the Contracting Community regarding policies and procedures; preparing and updating guide manuals forms and workflows, conducting training classes, preparing reports and correspondence;  public speaking; oral and written presentations; related duties as required.

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


    The mission of the DOT 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. To learn more about our mission, vision and values, please click here. Visit our website to learn more about the Connecticut DOT! 

    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.
      • 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 individual listed on this job posting. 
      • 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
      • 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. 


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    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.
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    • 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.
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    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.


    Performs a wide variety of increasingly difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during course of training period.


    • 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.

    NOTE: 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. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.


    • 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.
    • 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):
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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:
      • Transportation Construction Inspection Program - Highway Construction Inspection.
      • Construction Materials Testing Program - Asphalt or Concrete.
      • Transportation Program - Highway Materials, Highway Surveys or Highway Construction Inspection.
    • Possession of a Level III Survey Technician Certification from the National Society of Professional Surveyors may be substituted for the General Experience requirement.
    • 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.


    • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and/or Professional Engineer (P.E.) licenses
    • Familiarity with the Department’s standard specifications, Form 818, or previous versions 
    • Awareness of standard drawings’ relation to specifications and how they are used on projects 
    • Experience with MS Office 365 including, SharePoint and Bluebeam, AASHTOWare, COMPASS or similar software  
    • Experience or training with reviewing contract plans, specifications, Standard Specifications, and comprehension of unit price estimates leading to the bid process
    • Experience or training as a presenter, note taker or attendee in meetings with other technical, engineering or government representatives 
    • Experience in prioritizing work to meet time sensitive deadlines, by working both independently and in a team environment 


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


    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.