Engineer Trainee (35 Hour)

Target Class: Environmental Engineer 1 (Hybrid)

Recruitment #240405-3389ES-001


The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Public Health (DPH), is currently seeking two (2) enthusiastic and driven candidates to apply for the position of Engineer Trainee in the Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch, Drinking Water Section (DWS). These positions will be under the direct supervision of a Supervising Environmental Engineer in the Rule Implementation Unit. 

The DWS provides technical assistance, education, and regulatory enforcement to approximately 2,400 public drinking water systems in Connecticut and utilizes 150 reservoirs and 4,000 groundwater sources to provide public drinking water to approximately 2.9 million people on a daily basis. The DWS is entrusted to protect and promote healthy people in healthy Connecticut communities by assuring the use and distribution of high-quality public drinking water for human consumption.

Individuals with a Bachelor's degree conferred by May 2024 may apply. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.

Upon successful completion of one year in this class, incumbents will be placed in Pay Plan ES 18, Step 7 (currently $65,700). Promotion to the target classification, Environmental Engineer 1, will generally place incumbents in Salary Group 19, Step 7 (currently $68,715).

  • UNIT: Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch, Drinking Water Section (DWS)
  • ADDRESS: 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
  • WORK HOURS: Full-time, first shift, 35 hours per week 
  • SCHEDULE: Typical work schedule of Monday through Friday
    • A flex schedule may be permitted following the successful completion of a working test period, including opportunities for an alternate work schedule. This position allows for teleworking in accordance with State policies.
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' 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 Schedule
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Provide support to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve; 
  • Assist our clients so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector;
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.
The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state. 

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

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Please Note: 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.

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. 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 recruiter listed on this job posting.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • 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
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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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, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. Read through this helpful link to prepare for your interview.
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    In a state agency this class is accountable for receiving training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the technical engineering work of the agency.


    Under the supervision of a Supervising Environmental Engineer in the Rule Implementation Unit, these Engineer Trainee positions will perform the following duties:
    • Assist in the implementation of the current and new Lead and Copper Rules statewide.  
    • Determine public water system compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act Rules and compiling water system data for the current and new Lead and Copper Rules.
    • Maintain information in the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) database or other applicable database, as required, to track compliance as part of our partnership agreement with EPA.  
    • Provide technical guidance to the general public, public water systems, certified operators, consultants, local health departments, municipal and regional governments.
    • Review and approve public water systems service line material inventories to ensure compliance with the new Lead and Copper Rules.
    • Review and approve lead service line replacement plans to verify compliance with the new Lead and Copper Rules.
    • Review and approve sampling site plans for public water systems to ensure compliance with the lead and copper sampling site requirements.  
    • Review and trend water quality parameters after the approved optimal corrosion control treatment (OCCT) project is in operation to ensure that treatment is optimized and operating within specified water quality ranges as approved by DPH.
    • Review and trend water quality results to verify compliance.
    • Review and process lead and copper monitoring reduction requests.
    • Review and process technical project updates in SDWIS. 
    • May review and approve corrosion control treatment projects.
    • Assist in drafting new regulations, statues, and other written materials.
    • Assist Enforcement Unit with reviewing proposed Administrative Orders following lead and copper action level exceedances.
    • Attend relevant trainings to develop subject matter expertise on the lead and copper rules, corrosion control and treatments, material identification methods, water treatment, and other lead and copper rule related subjects.
    • Develop Standard Operating Procedures, new forms, technical guidance, and web resources to help facilitate and streamline compliance determinations and the review and approval processes.

    Please see the job specification for additional information. 


    • Knowledge of basic engineering theories, principles and methods; 
    • Skill in the use of drafting and calculating instruments; 
    • Considerable ability to perform mathematical computations, making neat and accurate drawings and preparing minor design and structural details; 
    • Ability to utilize computer software.


    Candidates must be able to meet the experience and training requirements of the designated job class at the completion of the development program. 


    • A bachelor’s degree in chemical, civil, or environmental engineering
    • Engineering experience or academic coursework in drinking water treatment, distribution systems, drinking water quality, field investigations, or source water protection
    • Engineering experience or academic coursework with data collection methods and tools, technical analysis, and interpretation 
    • Experience using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel and utilizing database programs such as Microsoft Access
    • Experience using oral and written communication, including interpersonal communication, to relay complex information to individuals or groups
    • Experience with managing multiple priorities and projects
    • Experience working collaboratively with others in a workplace or in an academic setting



    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.