Transportation Engineer 3 (Construction Engineering) (40 Hour)

Recruitment #240404-8774FQ-001


Are you passionate about shaping the future of transportation in Connecticut?
If so, come join our great team of engineering professionals and make an ImpaCT!

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for a Transportation Engineer 3 (Construction Engineering) position in the Office of Quality Assurance (OQA) located at our Headquarters in Newington, CT. 


  • Competitive 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.
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  • A culture that encourages work/life balance.
  • Professional growth and development opportunities.
  • Ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
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  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy which can be found here. Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office.

    The Transportation Engineer 3 supports and oversees Value Engineering Studies, Post-Construction Reviews, and Innovative Risk Sharing and Construction Techniques. They will actively participate in the Value Engineering (VE) Analysis, as required by 23 CFR Part 627, during the design phase and review Value Engineering Change Proposals (VECP) submitted by the Contractor during the construction phase. Additionally, they will coordinate and execute Value Assessments for projects on the Capital Program that do not meet the current Department VE thresholds but would benefit from streamlined Value Engineering practices due to the complexity of the scope.
    This position will continually monitor projects throughout the design phase to ensure VE monetary thresholds of projects with federal monies undergo a VE study as required.  These assignments generally encompass the administering of Task Based Consultant Agreements, and as such will need a liaison.  
    These duties include, but are not limited to:
    • Preparing and updating guidelines for Value Engineering (VE) Studies, which have the potential to identify alternative methods of construction during the design phase saving time and money during the construction phase. This interface during the Design Phase improves the Department’s Performance Measures for “On-Time and On-Budget” delivery of its Construction Program.  
    • Review Post Construction Reviews (PCR) evaluation and resolution, which is critical to the Department’s continuous design improvement process.  This process involves Construction feedback from the Administering District, and partnership with the responsible Engineering units to resolve issues identified and construction projects.  This process incorporates feedback from previous projects into the Design workflow and reduces design errors, which reduce project claims, extra work and time delays.
    • Incorporating innovative and risk sharing construction techniques, which are researched and presented to design.  Department stakeholders are now more informed of time saving construction methods and increasingly demand various construction techniques from the Department to mitigate impacts to the traveling public.
    • Assist in constructability reviews during the design phase on all projects in excess of $25 million construction value, as well as a sampling for smaller scope projects.  These reviews are to be performed at every design phase.  For projects less than $25 million, this position will also take part in constructability reviews on an as needed basis.  Review Post Construction Reports (PCRs) for all projects and organize follow up meetings if necessary. Provide recommendations for improving contract plans and specifications.
    • Provide pre-bid oversight to make sure the answers provided to bidder questions are clear and consistent, as well as review of the contract addendums.
    • Serve as the Department’s Subject Matter Expert on Value Engineering and Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), working closely with the District and Design Units to package contracts that are biddable and buildable.  

    Please list any job-relevant licenses or certifications you hold, in the Licenses and Professional Certifications section of your application.

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      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! 

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      Selection Plan

      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. 

      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.
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      In the Department of Transportation 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 transportation construction engineering projects or studies in the areas of construction, administration, rehabilitation, surveying, testing, materials testing, maintenance or operations.


      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.

      WORKING LEAD LEVEL:  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.

      Oversees a group of engineers and personnel of lower grade in construction of highways or other transportation projects; acts as a liaison with consulting engineers; trains in-house and consultant inspectors; reviews construction final cost estimates and verifies final payments; serves as technical advisor for construction projects; develops and maintains cost data relative to design, construction and maintenance of highways and bridges; prepares comprehensive reports; develops and maintains standards and specifications for highways and bridges consistent with technological advances in design, construction and maintenance; oversees group of engineers and other personnel conducting preliminary reconnaissance location surveys, preliminary design, estimating and plan preparation or conducting boundary surveys, setting and checking boundary monuments and preparing right-of-way boundary plans; oversees chemical and physical testing and analysis and makes recommendations concerning suitability of construction and maintenance materials; prepares survey reports and recommendations on highway location; performs related duties as required.


      Considerable knowledge of principles and practices involved in transportation construction engineering such as construction, surveys, geodetic surveys and materials testing; considerable knowledge of highway construction methods and materials; knowledge of administrative and financial controls with respect to transportation construction 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 or Construction Management and three (3) years of experience in transportation construction engineering.


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


      1. Possession of Land Surveyor (LS) licensure or 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 Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT) licensure or 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. Possession of at least Level III certification in the Civil Engineering Technology-Transportation Program, Highway Construction Inspection or Highway Surveys from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree requirement.
      4. A Master’s degree in engineering may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
      5. Current incumbents in the class of Transportation Engineer 2 (CONSTRUCTION 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 (CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING) upon having three (3) years of experience in transportation construction engineering. One (1) of the three (3) years must have been as a Transportation Engineer 2 (CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING).


      • Possession of a civil engineering degree for design-related position
      • Possession of an engineering degree in a position-relevant area for specialty positions (i.e., Electrical Engineering degree for position in Electrical Engineering)
      • 3.0 or higher grade-point average in relevant engineering course
      Experience through academic history, internships, or work experience:
      • In a position-relevant engineering area
      • Utilizing engineering-related computer software
      • Working as part of a team
      • Providing verbal and written communication to a diverse population, including presentation skills
      • Using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Access
      • Multitasking and managing large workloads
      • Completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam


      1. Incumbents may be required to possess appropriate certification from the NorthEast Transportation Training and Certification Program (NETTCP). 
      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.


      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.