Recruitment #1811-0891DC-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.


Under the general direction of the Shop and Maintenance Supervisor or the Lead Equipment Mechanic, the Equipment Mechanic III is responsible for repairing and maintaining a large fleet of outdoor power equipment used by the DPW- Operations-Forestry Section in landscape and tree maintenance operations.

Essential Functions

  • Diagnose and make minor and major repairs to outdoor power equipment and Forestry maintained specialty vehicles (such as skid loaders, chippers, mowers, and tractors), including 2-cycle and 4-cycle gas/diesel engines; transmission and power-train components; electrical, fuel and ignition systems; hydraulic systems; spray pumps and apparatus; and tires and trailers.
  • Schedule and perform preventative maintenance on Forestry Section equipment including fluid changes, lubrications, mower blade sharpening and replacement, tune-ups, multi-point inspections, and wear component replacement to maximize equipment service life and minimize equipment breakdown and downtime.
  • Support Forestry field operations by responding to service calls, performing field diagnostic and light repairs, transporting equipment, and performing off-site maintenance in Forestry districts as needed.
  • Perform repairs that require heating, cutting with an oxygen-acetylene torch, welding and light carpentry work to fabricate frame and body components, using specialty tools, and making repairs to equipment, framing, vehicles, and trailers.
  • Perform general shop clean-up, parts inventorying and storage, incidental part ordering, and shop safety and cleanliness inspections, and maintain a safe and orderly personal work space and shop environment for employees.
  • Operate various pieces of machinery and hand power tools to complete repairs, fabricate materials associated with maintenance and repairs of Forestry outdoor power equipment.

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

The Equipment Mechanic III must be able to:

  • Use standard industry hand tools needed to perform the job in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Exert force to move (push, pull, lift) with assistance objects weighing up to 100 pounds occasionally, lift up to 50 pounds frequently, and lift up to 20 pounds consistently.
  • Work outdoors in all types of weather conditions for extended periods of time.
  • Tolerate various environmental conditions indoors and out (e.g., noise, vibration, dirt, and pollen).
  • Perform physical activities in work environments that require walking and standing, crawling, crouching, stooping, kneeling, reaching, balancing, pushing, and pulling.
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment, including a respirator.
  • Withstand noise and variable environmental conditions.
  • Work beyond assigned shifts to respond to various emergencies, as snow and ice operations and other emergencies may require the Equipment Mechanic III to work at any time during the day or night, any day of the week.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Three years of experience repairing and overhauling outdoor power equipment and specialty vehicles used in the landscape and tree care industry.
  2. Valid driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of training, experience, and job-related certifications may also be considered.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To receive credit for college or vocational school, transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online applications.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Welding experience.

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

  • Knowledge of current procedures, processes, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in outdoor power equipment repairs and maintenance and repair facilities.
  • Knowledge of safety practices and procedures used in making mechanical repairs.
  • Knowledge of the administrative and housekeeping duties associated with operating and maintaining a repair facility.
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge and deductive reasoning to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair equipment with accuracy and speed.
  • Ability to use various equipment types in diagnostic and preparation steps for repairs such as electrical current meters, electronic and mechanical diagnostic equipment, gauges, hones, bench and portable grinders, taps, boring machines, micrometers, pneumatic and hand power tools, and specialty tools and machinery common to small engine/equipment repairs.
  • Knowledge of and ability to diagnose and troubleshoot 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines, fuel delivery systems, ignition systems, electrical systems and wiring.
  • Ability to operate the tools and equipment required to maintain and repair equipment.
  • Ability to cut and weld metals using oxyacetylene or arc welding equipment.
  • Ability to understand technical manuals and information required to perform maintenance and repair.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum direct supervision.
  • Ability to maintain good relations with coworkers, other departments, and the public.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with coworkers and customers whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain accurate equipment maintenance records.

Current Salary

The current salary range (Pay Range 7CN) for City of Milwaukee residents is $40,639-$45,391 and for non-residents is $39,642-$44,277. Appointment will be made in accordance with the provisions of the salary ordinance. This is a Career Ladder Position: Employees in the Forestry Section will advance through the pay range in accordance with the City of Milwaukee Salary Ordinance upon certification by the Commissioner of Public Works of having attained the required job performance and demonstrated competencies. The Salary Ordinance can be accessed here:

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job-related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations and the Department of Public Works- Operations-Forestry reserve the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after Friday, February 1, 2019 (Currently extended through Friday, February 15th. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information can be accessed by visiting
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


EEO 702

The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.