Accounting Careers Trainee

Target class: Accounts Examiner

Recruitment #240703-0034AR-001



Are you a recent Accounting graduate looking to learn from specialists in your field? 

Does working with numbers while simultaneously helping the Department of Transportation accomplish its mission resonate with you?

If so, come make an impact by serving your State! Read below & apply today! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications to fill one (1) Accounting Careers Trainee position with a target class of Accounts Examiner, in the Office of External Audits, which is part of the CTDOT Bureau of Finance and Administration.
It is the DOT's mission 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.


As an Accounting Careers Trainee you will be a part of a 1 or 2 year training program depending on your level of education. 
  • The length of the training program is 2 years for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting. 
  • The length of the training program is 1 year for individuals with a master’s degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting. 
  • The length of the training program for an individual who earns a master’s degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting while assigned to this classification is 1 year from the date the master’s degree is conferred or the end of the original 2-year training period, whichever comes first.

  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • First shift
  • Location: Newington, CT
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy. The Policy can be found HERE. Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office.
This position is primarily responsible for performing the oversight of agreed upon procedure reviews of DOT projects for consultants, municipalities, utilities, and railroads.  
In this role, you will:  
  • Learn how to apply the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARS) to project costs being audited.  
  • Utilize DOT audit programs / workpapers and develop an understanding of DOT consultant agreements (contracts) including the various provisions that are subject to compliance testing in the audits.
  • Learn the external audit units review and quality assurance procedures and utilize the State and DOT systems (CORE-CT and Viewport) to capture project costs and project budget data.
  • Work with other units within the DOT that manage the project closeout process and learn about the variety of project types including any specific rules/associated regulations that effect the performance of the audits.
  • Perform complex reviews of DOT projects using agreed upon procedures.
  • Closeout projects/agreements with consulting engineering firms, municipalities, utilities, and railroads.
  • Assist the Director of External Audits to develop unit performance metrics and other statistical data for DOT management.
  • Review single audit reports for compliance with applicable regulations and perform other duties as assigned, etc. 

Minimum Requirements

Hiring Rate

Completion of 1 year of Training

Bachelor's degree with 15 semester hours in accounting

Step 3 $56,886.00


Step 5: $60,714.00

Bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in accounting

Step 5: $60,714.00

Step 7: $64,554.00


Master's degree in a related field and 15 credits in accounting

Step 5: $60,714.00

Step 7: $64,554.00


Master's degree in a related field and 30 semester hours in accounting

Step 6: $62,639.00


Step 7: $64,554.00



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.
  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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 is accountable for mastering the skills necessary to satisfactorily complete the training program for a professional accounting or auditing position.


  • Receives training in introductory accounting or auditing work for development of skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement into a professional agency accounting or auditing position;
  • Performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during the course of the training period;
  • Examines financial records of governmental or private businesses and accounting methods and procedures to ensure compliance with statutes, regulations, guidelines or accepted accounting principles;
  • May receive training in such areas as maintaining financial records and accounts, establishing financial statements and schedules, and preparing budget estimates;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • accounting and auditing principles and practices; 
    • business mathematics and statistics;
    • business uses of information technology;
    • effective report writing;
  • Ability to
    • read and understand written materials;
    • 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.


  • Possession of a Bachelor’s or Master’s in accounting, finance, or business administration.
  • Experience providing verbal and written communication to vendors, co-workers, management and third parties.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office 365 including Excel and Access through course work, work experience, or internships.
  • Experience writing professional documents with attention to grammar and punctuation through course work, work experience, or internships.



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.