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Rail Transportation Trainee

By January 12, 2023
  • Full Time
  • New Haven

Dept. of Administrative Services

Rail Transportation Trainee
Target: Transportation Rail Officer 1

Recruitment #230105-1993FS-003

New Haven, CT

Date Opened
1/7/2023 12:00:00 AM
$52,661 – $72,485/year *See Salary Note Below
Job Type
Open to the Public
Close Date
1/20/2023 11:59:00 PM
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Do you have a passion for public transportation? Do you daydream about how to move people and goods in a safer, faster, and more equitable manner? Are you ready to gain skills, knowledge, and experience that will help you develop an exciting and successful career?
If so, we are looking for you to join our team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Rail Transportation Trainee (Connecticut Careers Trainee or CCTs) with a target class of Transportation Rail Officer 1 in the Bureau of Public Transportation in New Haven.

Rail Transportation Trainee Benefit Offerings:
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
Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities
A healthy work-life balance to all employees
Students with a Bachelor’s degree by May 2023 are strongly encouraged to apply!
Applicants must be available to travel for training, conferences meetings, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours when necessary.
A valid motor vehicle license may be required.
Position Highlights:
These positions are in our Project Concepts/Capital Planning, Rail Force Account, Rail Operations units (see ‘Examples of Duties’ section for description of units). These positions all require working in a dynamic environment, and strong written and oral communication.
Fulltime (40 hours/week)
New Haven, CT
Rail Transportation Trainees (Connecticut Careers Trainee)
Entry level positions offering training in railroad and transit transportation.
Develop the tools necessary to become a professional in the field.
Assigned a variety of tasks related to planning and operation of public transportation programs in bus and rail.
Work activities will include: transit operations service planning and oversight, review of compliance with federal and state requirements, data collection, management and reporting, field inspection, technology innovation projects and coordination with the various agencies and private service providers that operate public transportation services under contract with CTDOT.
Involved in overall program oversight including contract development and oversight of operations and maintenance activities, program invoicing, safety oversight, preparation of reports and assessing operations and planning for the future.
The Bureau of Public Transportation maintains ownership, oversight, and responsibility for all public transportation services including but not limited to rail, bus, paratransit, and Connecticut River ferry services as well as associated vehicles, facilities, and other infrastructure. The Bureau of Public Transportation is also responsible for the following:
Develops the strategic vision for public transportation in consultation with key stakeholders.
Manages and monitors performance of various service providers that operate commuter rail services, fixed route bus services, express bus services, para-transit services, ridesharing programs, and other public transportation services.
Directs capital investment to maintain public transportation infrastructure in a state of good repair, provides regulation of taxi, livery, household good companies, intrastate private bus systems and rail freight operations pursuant to state statute.

Salary Note*: Eligibility for promotion to the target classification of Transportation Rail Officer 1 is earned upon successful completion of the training program.

Transportation Rail Trainee (Target class: Transportation Rail Officer 1)
Candidates with a bachelor’s degree will serve a two (2) year training program.
Candidates with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Technology or Project Management may be eligible for a shorter training period.

Salary Plan
Annual salary
First Year Training (Bachelor’s Degree)
FS 15 Step 1
First Year Training (Master’s degree in eligible or related field)
FS 15 Step 2
Second Year Training
FS 15 Step 5

About DOT:
AT DOT, our mission 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. Visit our website to learn more about the Connecticut DOT! Learn more about our mission, vision, and values here!
These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Applications to this recruitment will be used to meet collective bargaining requirements. Once any collective bargaining requirements have been met, all other applicants may be considered.

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.
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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
After You Apply:
Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board daily to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
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 question’s expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user’s spam.
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. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
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.
Connect With Us:
If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jasmyn Raymond at jasmyn.raymond@ct.gov and reference the recruitment number.

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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 position.
Duties include, but are not limited to:


Working within the Department of Transportation on the oversight and operations of passenger and freight railroads and the associated properties they operate on.
Focusing on advancing rail and transit transportation initiatives and operations.
Coordinating with passenger and freight railroad partners, all providers of public transportation, as well as with federal and local agencies.
Other duties as assigned.
In a department or institution receives training in introductory governmental work for development of skills and knowledge in field of public administration in order to qualify for advancement into agency professional positions; performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during course of training period; performs related duties as required.
Oral and written communication skills; ability to acquire knowledge and skills required for the target classification; ability to understand, evaluate and solve problems by exercising judgement and logic; ability to read, interpret and understand written material; ability to perform basic arithmetical computations; ability to interpret charts, graphs and tables; learning and reasoning ability; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with superiors, associates and general public; ability to utilize computer software.
Possession of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.


If the target job classification has a Substitution Allowed that requires the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree to be in a specific area(s), then these specific degree areas are required for appointment to the Connecticut Career Trainee classification.
Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.
Experience in rail and transit related organizations.
Experience in facility operations and maintenance or other dynamic, fast-paced environment.
Experience communicating in writing and verbally in a customer service setting.
Experience working independently as well as in team settings.
Experience completing tasks with attention to detail.
Experience prioritizing and managing multiple tasks.
Experience with the principles and practices of transportation in planning, operations, equipment, construction, maintenance, schedules, capital projects, finance, or administration.
Experience with technical reports or document writing and development.

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

To apply for this job email your details to Jasmyn.Raymond@ct.gov

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