Recruitment #1812-1926DC-002


The Locator Technician identifies and marks (paint-in) underground facilities within city limits, including water and communication lines, duct packages, traffic cables, sewers and street lighting circuits. The Locator Technician also provides services to surrounding suburban areas that receive their water supply from the City of Milwaukee.

Essential Functions

  • Research locator charts and prints in preparation for underground facilities locate activities.
  • Gather tools and materials (e.g., laptop computer, cable and pipe locators, pipe horn locator, Metro Tech locator, Dynatel locator)  for daily locate responsibilities.
  • Paint-in locate marks of underground facilities for regular assignments.
  • Identify and paint-in emergency locates and relocates.
  • Locate and paint-in cables for Street Lighting crews.  

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

  • Must be able to work a 40 hour work week, including a rotating emergency call-in schedule for nights/weekends.
  • Must be available during construction season to work various hours of over-time as necessary.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in variable and extreme weather conditions (e.g., heat, cold, rain, wind, and snow).
  • Must be able to tolerate various environmental conditions indoors and out (e.g., noise, vibration, dirt, pollen, and sewer gases).
  • Must be able to work in confined space settings, i.e. entry into manholes (training provided).
  • Must be able to hear directions given in a noisy, distracting environment.
  • Must be able to see clearly both near and far.
  • Must be able to properly lift and move objects weighing up to 20 lbs. alone or up to 50 lbs. with assistance.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Regular status as City of Milwaukee employee, having successfully completed a probationary period for a civil service position.
  2. Commercial Driver's License without air brake restrictions at the time of application and throughout employment.

Current Salary

The current starting salary (PG 8DN) for City of Milwaukee residents is $33,607 annually and increases to $36,843 after probation. The non-resident starting salary is $32,783 and increases to $35,939 after probation. Appointment will be made in accordance with the provisions of the salary ordinance.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job-related and will consist of one or more of the following: evaluation(s) of related education, experience, and accomplishments, written test(s), interview(s), or other assessment methods.  The Department of Employee Relations and the Department of Public Works – Infrastructure reserve the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral, performance tests or personal interviews. Information from the selection process will be used to make a hiring decision. Selected candidates will be transferred and/or promoted to the position.  

INITIAL FILING DATE – The selection process will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. 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. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the selection process at the time and place designated by the Department of Employee Relations and/or the hiring authority.  

Note: Transfer/Promotional Opportunities and Promotional Examination are not open to Milwaukee Public Schools employees or to the public. Only current City of Milwaukee employees and civilian personnel in MFD and MPD hired through a City Service Commission process who have successfully passed a probationary Period for a Civil Service position will be considered. Individuals with exempt, provisional, temporary, or emergency appointments are not eligible for transfer.

Additional Information

APPLICATION PROCEDURE Applications and further information can be accessed by visiting www.jobaps.com/MIL.

  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov. T
  • he Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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