Transportation Engineer 2 - Highway Design

Recruitment #240620-8839FO-001


Interested in being part of a team designing improvements on Connecticut’s highway system and having a positive effect on safety and traffic operation in local communities? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is now accepting applications for Transportation Engineer 2 (Engineering) positions within the State Design Unit in the Division of Highway Design at our Newington Headquarters.

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.


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  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees
  • Competitive starting salary
  • On-site low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging
  • Ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • 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
  • Work for Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE’s) Employer of the Year


  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • First shift
  • Location: Newington, CT
  • Hybrid (office/telework) may be available

Applicants must be available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours, when necessary. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required and must be maintained. 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.


  • Recommend and implement effective solutions
  • Contribute to providing a safe and efficient transportation system
  • Implement bicycle and pedestrian improvements along highways
  • Work with community groups and elected officials
  • Utilize computer software to design roadway elements
  • Showcase your oral, written, organizational, and interpersonal skills

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 region. Learn more about our mission, vision, and values here!
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    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.
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    In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of engineering or related tasks in one or more aspects of transportation engineering projects or studies in the following areas: administration, bridge design, design, drainage, electrical, foundations, hydraulics, maintenance, operations, pavement management, regulation compliance, rehabilitation, research, traffic or utilities.


    Transportation Engineer 2’s in Highway Design work as part of an engineering team responsible for 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 such as intersection improvements, modern roundabouts, multi-use trails, corridor improvements, complete street upgrades, bridge replacements, and more.

    Duties include:

    • Develop three-dimensional roadway models using CAD software
    • Develop and analyze multiple design alternatives for transportation improvement projects
    • Prepare design plans, profiles, cross sections, and design details for State projects
    • Analyze and design complex stormwater drainage systems
    • Develop project designs that incorporate multi-modal facilities to address the needs of drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users
    • Design roadside safety elements including guiderail and concrete barrier
    • Engage in stakeholder outreach with municipal leaders, neighborhood groups, businesses, homeowners, and the traveling public
    • Develop plans and supporting documentation for environmental permits
    • Coordinate with utility companies to determine potential conflicts and relocations if necessary
    • Coordinate with other Department units
    • Conduct field meetings and site investigations
    • Other duties as required


    Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of more than one specialized field involved in transportation engineering such as bridge design, foundations, highway design, transportation facilities design, transportation planning, maintenance, drainage or hydraulics, research, pavement design, pavement management and traffic; considerable skill in use of computer aided design and drafting (CADD) applications; considerable technical skills in preparation of engineering and administrative reports; skill and ability to analyze and evaluate engineering, highway, structural and pavement design, hydraulic and traffic problems and provide effective solutions; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to perform complex mathematical calculations; ability to develop and interpret plans and specifications.


    A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and two (2) years of experience in a professional transportation engineering or transportation construction engineering capacity.

    Note: For State employees, one (1) year of experience must have been at the level of Transportation Engineer 1 (Engineering) or (Construction Engineering). 


    1. 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 Bachelor’s degree requirement.

    2. 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 Bachelor’s degree requirement.

    3. A Master’s degree in engineering may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.


    • Possession of an accredited Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering
    • Successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
    • 3.0 or higher grade-point average in relevant engineering and math courses
    • Highway Design experience
    • Experience utilizing computer software such as MicroStation, OpenRoads or other similar CAD software
    • Experience with presentation skills and oral and written communication skills
    • Knowledge and/or experience with CTDOT Standard Specifications and CTDOT Design Manuals
    • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Access
    • Experience efficiently managing assignments
    • Education or experience with interpreting construction plans and specifications


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

    2. Incumbents in this class 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.

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