Engineering Summer Worker

Recruitment #240209-5704VR-001


Are you an engineering student, graduate, or possess experience in Engineering, and are interested in learning what it's like to work as an engineer with the Connecticut Department of Transportation?

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for paid Summer Worker (Professional Engineering) positions in the Bureau of Engineering and Construction. Positions may be based in Newington, New Haven, Norwich, Rocky Hill, or Thomaston.

As a Professional Engineering Summer Worker, you will be exposed to a variety of engineering tasks in transportation design, transportation construction, or a combination of both areas. You will have an opportunity to see firsthand, what it's like to be a Transportation Engineer at the DOT. 

The Role:
After an exciting summer of experience at the DOT, as a Summer Worker, you may decide that you want to apply for Transportation Engineer Trainee positions, when you are ready to graduate! A Transportation Engineer Trainee is the DOT's entry-level engineering position and requires a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, construction management, or other acceptable substitution. 

Position Highlights:
  • Anticipated start date in May of 2024 and ending by August 31, 2024
  • Monday-Friday, first shift
  • 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week, temporary
  • Location: Positions may be based in Newington, New Haven, Norwich, Rocky Hill, or Thomaston
Minimum Qualifications for Engineering Summer Worker Positions Include:
  • A valid Driver's License to drive state vehicles to and from field/construction sites and town meetings
  • The ability to use CAD (MicroStation preferred) and other computer applications
  • Positions are open to applicants who are enrolled in a college engineering program or construction management program and have completed their sophomore year
  • Applicants invited to interview will be required to supply a copy of a college transcript
Duties May Include: 
  • Reviewing basic design plans 
  • Performing mathematical computations and calculations
  • Collecting and entering data
  • Accompanying engineers on field reviews 
  • Assisting in construction inspection activities, assisting with the preparation of reports
  • Performing other related duties as required

Selection Plan

Selected candidates must be at least 16 or 18 years old, depending on the position. 

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.
  • 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. 
  • 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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  • 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 a state agency this class performs tasks and duties of a seasonal nature by providing services to clients or the public.

Work areas covered by this class shall include the assignments and hourly rates as listed below:

 Assignment Minimum Hourly
Maximum Hourly
 Professional Engineering  $19.44  $22.51

Minimum and maximum hourly rates will be subject to the following criteria:

  • Returning Seasonal Workers may receive $.50 an hour additional compensation for each season of service up to the maximum hourly rate.


  • Experienced workers in the specific functional area with another employer may be credited with such time on an equivalent basis to seasons worked and granted the same additional compensation up to the maximum hourly rate.

  • Undergraduate or graduate students may be granted additional compensation of up to $.50 more per hour (up to the maximum hourly rate) for each full year of completed education on the basis of 30 semester hours equaling one (1) year.
NOTE: Determination of hourly rate is based on the above criteria. Additional compensation is based on only one criteria. It is not intended for individuals to receive additional compensation through application of the multiple criteria listed above.


Summer Workers can be assigned to work with DOT engineers in many different capacities agency wide. Some of the areas include:

BRIDGE DESIGN: Engineers in the Division of Bridges work with a variety of transportation structures, as well as: 

  • Use advanced analysis software and CADD technology to prepare designs including geometrics, drainage, structural analysis, and creating bid documents
  • Design new bridges and rehabilitate and preserve deteriorating bridges
  • Oversee and administer projects from project concept, through design, to construction
  • Review and approve shop and working drawings for projects in construction, and work with  fabricators and contractors to facilitate construction and to ensure contract compliance
  • Provide construction support when problems arise during construction and prepare change orders
  • Fully inspect bridges to address the safety, capacity, and efficiency of the State’s bridge infrastructure
  • Design new bridges and rehabilitate and preserve deteriorating bridges

CONSTRUCTION: Construction inspection is one of the most important phases of construction work. 

Construction Inspectors:

  • Perform careful review and critical examination of all facets of the project
  • Assure that the proper materials are used, the plans and specifications are followed, and the finished product is a valued improvement to Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure
  • Inspectors are the people on site making sure that the bridges are built right, the pavement is installed to last and vehicles can move safely through work zones