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Transportation Engineer 3 (Engineering) – Highway Design

By November 17, 2022
  • Full Time
  • Newington, CT
  • December 14, 2022

State of Connecticut Department of Transportation

INTRODUCTION

Are you an experienced engineer who is 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 Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is now accepting applications for Transportation Engineer 3 positions within the Division of Highway Design in the Bureau of Engineering and Construction at our Headquarters in Newington, CT.

THE ROLES

The DOT has challenging openings for experienced engineers in Highway Design. These positions are full time, 40 hours per week.  Positions are located in State Highway Design, Consultant Highway Design, and the Project Development Unit.

COME WORK WHERE YOU CAN

  • Make a positive difference to the traveling public
  • Make highways and bridges safe
  • Pilot new techniques and durable materials
  • Develop efficient project delivery methods and tools

ABOUT US

Transportation Engineer 3’s 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. They provide lead or support services in the development of capital projects; develop design alternatives into contract plans, specifications, and construction estimates; they 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. The Consultant Design Unit is responsible for overseeing engineering consultant firms that assist the Department in designing larger complex projects as well as municipalities in the development of local road projects. The Project Development Unit is responsible for identifying and scoping all transportation projects for the Division of Highway Design as well as managing all roadway related assets.

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 type, issuing agency, license number, expiration date, and any other job-relevant licenses or certifications you hold to the “licenses and professional certifications” section of your application.

Visit our website to learn more about the Connecticut DOT!

OUR MISSION

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. Learn more about our mission, vison, and values here!

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU 

The State of Connecticut offers a competitive starting salary, excellent state benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedules, telework opportunities, and a culture that encourages work-life balance.

We also offer the convenience of an on-site, low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging at our Newington, CT, Headquarters facility.  All DOT facilities have ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:

Please visit our “Applicant Tips on How to Apply” page.

Important Information After You Apply:

  • 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 questionnaire’s expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user’s spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • 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.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.

Connect With Us:

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Frank DeCusati at frank.decusati@ct.gov or 860-713-5176.

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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority 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 engineering projects or studies in the areas of administration, bridge design, design, drainage, electrical, foundations, hydraulics, maintenance, operations, pavement management, regulation compliance, rehabilitation, research, traffic or utilities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Oversees work of lower level engineers and performs complex design work; designs difficult foundations and bridges of advanced design; makes field inspection of bridge sites to obtain information necessary for design of important structures; oversees field inspection of structural condition of existing structures and preparation of sketches, plans and recommendations for adequate repair; acts as liaison between towns and state as consulting engineer in repair of bridges; oversees and conducts research on materials incorporated in bridges, highways, and miscellaneous structures and maintenance and construction methods in field; oversees state and consultant engineers in review of storm sewer and culvert designs and computations prepared by Design division and contracting engineers for watersheds of 650 acres and less; provides technical advice to Design division and District Engineers on pollution control measures and unusual storm sewer and culvert designs; prepares computations for storm sewer and culvert designs; attends field reviews on all new designs for highway projects; recommends revisions to improve drainage design; oversees laboratory work on soil samples for determination of void ratio, water content, specific gravity, grain size distribution, plasticity limits, permeability, optimum moisture content, confined and unconfined compressive strength, direct shear and consolidation; prepares detailed geotechnical reports and recommendations; oversees analyses, computations, preparation of plans and data relating to hydraulic problems encountered in planning and design of highways; performs hydrographic analysis and flood routing for retention basin designs; serves as expert witness in court cases; reviews drainage design on major permit applications for shopping centers and housing developments; assists in preparation and updating of Drainage Manual; oversees engineers, electricians and technicians in design or maintenance of extensive highway lighting, traffic light installations and computerized traffic control systems; performs complex work in preparation of plans, specifications and estimated cost of electrical contracts and work; oversees inspection of electrical construction and maintenance work and preparation of monthly and final estimates; coordinates preliminary surveys and planning of engineering requirements for construction and maintenance of electrical installations with state utilities; assists in coordination of work of design engineers with consulting engineers in preparation of plans to determine contract documents; recommends need for test, alterations, revision of replacement of equipment associated with highway lighting, traffic lights, drawbridges, and highway buildings; acts as consultant to district forces and other state agencies; oversees consultant engineers in the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates of bridges and structural improvement, construction and reconstruction of highways and construction or reconstruction of transportation facilities; recommends treatment of alignment, grade, surface and drainage features; makes project reports and analyzes comparative routes for economy, feasibility and utility; oversees activities of engineers and technical assistants engaged in review and processing of major traffic generator studies, highway traffic engineering investigations, surveys, design and research; reviews reports from investigators and subordinates; prepares final reports and recommendations applying to traffic signs, signals, markings, control devices, illumination, channelization, detour and route designations; represents department in state, town, public meetings; oversees and reviews plans, specifications and cost estimates for adjustment of relocation of public utilities in conflict with design and layout of construction for purpose of establishing their engineering adequacy; determines extent to which state shall reimburse utility companies for costs incurred; prepares and reviews agreements governing terms involved; represents state in negotiations with Federal Highway Administration for reimbursement of funds to state; confers with consulting, engineers, corporate, municipal planners, departmental personnel and others involved in coordinating utility adjustments with highway reconstruction work; advises departmental auditors on acceptability of credits offered or claims for payment made; 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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of principles and practices 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; knowledge of administrative and financial controls with respect to transportation 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS – GENERAL EXPERIENCE

A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and three (3) years of experience in transportation engineering.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS – SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS – SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  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.
  4. Current incumbents in the class of Transportation Engineer 2 (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 (ENGINEERING) upon having three (3) years of experience in transportation engineering. One (1) of the three (3) years’ must have been as a Transportation Engineer 2 (ENGINEERING).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and/or Professional Engineer (P.E.) license
  • Experience supervising, evaluating and developing improved performance of lower level engineers
  • Experience coordinating effectively with other Department units, consultants, towns, state and federal agencies
  • Experience with relevant federal and state manuals, policies, and procedures
  • Experience using Office365, Microsoft Project and COMPASS
  • Experience in project organization and document control
  • Experience reviewing planning studies and encroachment permits
  • Experience analyzing problems and recommending effective solutions for engineering related issues
  • Experience preparing and reviewing complex technical reports and documents
  • Experience presenting complex information to diverse populations including officials, peers, members of the public and small and large groups, using oral and written communication skills
  • Experience leading people and managing tasks
  • Experience working independently, being self-motivated and taking ownership of assignments
  • Experience developing, analyzing, and reviewing plans, specifications, and estimates for, and administration of, complex federally-funded highway engineering projects
  • Experience with department policies, procedures, manuals and design practices that impact scope and project delivery
  • Experience with construction methodologies and constructability
  • Experience with principles and practices involved in transportation engineering such as bridge design, traffic engineering, planning, maintenance, soils, pavement design, drainage and hydraulics, and rights of way

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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

WORKING CONDITIONS

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.

CONCLUSION

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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 frank.decusati@ct.gov

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