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Transportation Principal Engineer

By June 6, 2022

State of CT Department of Transportation

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for two (2) Transportation Principal Engineer positions, based in our Newington, CT Headquarters building. Both positions are in the Office of Engineering, Division of Bridges.

One position leads the Bridge Consultant Design (CLE) Unit comprised of engineers who oversee consultant liaison engineering firms and task-based design consultants, with over 100 Bridge projects in design development.

The second position leads the Major Bridge Unit comprised of engineers who oversee task-based consultants in the studies, design development and construction support of the Department’s 60 Major Bridges as well as the Department’s Major bridge projects associated with Railroad structures.

These positions are full-time, 40 hours per week, and are in the P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit.  An active Connecticut Professional Engineer (PE) license is required.

Transportation Principal Engineers also assist other Department operating units, consulting engineers, municipalities, and other outside officials and agencies by developing and/or making recommendations on bridge design standards; preparing reports, recommendations and correspondence; supervising office functions for design projects; supervising preparation of comprehensive technical reports and related correspondence; making oral presentations at public information meetings and hearings;  reviewing work of consultants (engineers, designers, etc.); supervising work of engineers, technicians and other technical and/or clerical personnel.

The DOT offers a competitive starting salary and excellent State benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan, alternate work schedule options, telework opportunities and a multitude of other benefits. We also offer the convenience of an on-site, low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria, electric vehicle charging and ample free parking. We are centrally located in Newington with easy access from major highways and by public transportation.

*This salary range shall increase effective July 1, 2022.

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.
Note: A valid motor vehicle operator’s license is required and must be maintained. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, field reviews, etc., both within and outside of normal working hours, when necessary.
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.
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.
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 jennifer.neumann@ct.gov.
In the Department of Transportation this class is accountable for supervising the staff of a major engineering or railroad operating unit.
Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; supervises work of engineers, technicians and other technical and/or clerical personnel in any one of several organizationally specialized engineering, operations, or railroad sections; reviews detailed plans, specifications or studies of complex transportation engineering problems related to areas such as highway, bridge, facility or geometric design, traffic engineering, electrical engineering, geo-technical engineering, hydraulics and drainage, utilities, contract and project development, or railroad engineering; coordinates design or construction projects; prepares special reports, cost estimates, standards and specifications and fee schedules for consultant engineers, surveyors or contractors; reviews progress reports; performs related duties as required.
Considerable knowledge of principles and practices involved in transportation engineering such as bridge design, foundations, highway design, transportation facilities design, transportation planning, drainage or hydraulics, research, pavement design, pavement management, traffic and utilities; considerable knowledge of administrative and financial controls with respect to transportation engineering plans, contracts, projects and reports; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of latest techniques and procedures employed in field of engineering or land surveying as applied to Department of Transportation; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to interpret and apply principles of information systems and technologies; considerable ability to analyze and review engineering reports and plans; supervisory ability.

Nine (9) years of experience in complex transportation engineering projects.
One (1) year of the general experience must have been in a supervisor capacity over transportation engineering design projects. For state employees supervisory experience is interpreted at the level of Transportation Supervising Engineer (ENGINEERING).
Experience applying management principles and techniques in the delivery of the Department’s capital program.
Experience applying management principles and techniques to manage staffing at all experience levels.
Experience providing effective verbal and written communication, including presentations.
Experience using effective interpersonal skills with diverse groups and individuals including stakeholders and staff of various levels.
Experience with structural design, bridge and highway design, construction methods and materials.
Experience with current innovative techniques and procedures employed in the field of bridge engineering.
Experience with relevant department policies and procedures.
Experience with relevant state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations.
Experience analyzing and reviewing engineering reports, plans and specifications.
Experience interpreting and applying principles of information systems and technologies.
Experience analyzing design problems and determining effective solutions.
1. Incumbents must possess 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.
2. Office of Property and Facilities: Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a Building Official license issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Safety.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
4. Incumbents may be required to travel.

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 jennifer.neumann@ct.gov

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