Recruitment #2204-0832DC-002


Are you interested in spending half your day in school and half your day at a job?

 Get paid for working while you train for your career!


The Department of Public Works-Milwaukee Water Works (DPW-MWW) encourages current sophomore or junior high school students attending Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to apply for this exciting youth apprenticeship program that may lead to full-time employment as a Water Plants Machine Repairperson.


The goal of the Youth Apprenticeship Program is to develop a talent pipeline for the Milwaukee Water Works. This is a year-round youth apprenticeship program. To learn more, visit their website:


The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.




Under the guidance and direction of the Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) managers and supervisors, the Youth Apprentice performs minor maintenance repairs to all water system equipment and assists and supports machine repair staff.  

~The Youth Apprentice is the first step for the Water Plants Machine Repairperson promotional series.~

Essential Functions

  • Assist with the repair of all mechanical equipment system wide, including valves, compressors, chemical feed equipment, distribution system storage facilities, water filtration equipment and pumps.        
  • Participate in and complete high school courses related to the mechanical field offered by MPS.       
  • Weld and fabricate guards, rails and other items related to the needs of the plants.       
  • Perform custodial and snow removal duties and assist other plant personnel in basic maintenance.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process 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

Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date.  You can find further information relative to the City’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy here.


The Youth Apprentice must be willing and able to do the following:

  • Perform duties related to custodial work and snow removal. 
  • Enter and work in confined spaces and wear related safety equipment.
  • Work in close proximity to hazardous chemicals, in all weather conditions and with high noise levels. 
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment including safety shoes, glasses and hearing protection.
  • Work 15-20 hours per week during the school year. 
  • Work outdoors in all types of weather conditions for extended periods of time. 

Minimum Requirements

  1. Current enrollment as a high school sophomore or junior in a Milwaukee Public School at time of application. IMPORTANT NOTE: Candidates must be on target to achieve status as a high school junior or senior in the 2022/23 school year; verification will be requested from the candidate’s MPS High School. NOTE: Candidates selected to the MWW Apprenticeship must participate in the MPS Youth Apprenticeship program. For more information about the MPS DWD-YAP see this link:
  2. A valid government‑issued State Identification card or a valid Driver’s License at the time of hire and throughout   employment. This is required to obtain security clearance within the MWW facilities.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Ability to learn and use a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Ability to learn and apply mechanical concepts. 
  • Ability to work safely and effectively in a field environment.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics to perform job-related calculations and to interpret mechanical drawings.
  • Ability to read and interpret job related documents.
  • Ability to complete the required Youth Apprenticeship educational skills and training components.


  • Ability to take direction and follow through accurately and efficiently.
  • Ability to exhibit a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with others whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to perform in the work environment courteously.
  • Ability to display a customer-service orientation.
  • Ability to express oneself well in writing.
  • Ability to speak clearly and confidently.
  • Honesty, integrity, and the careful and responsible usage of organizational resources.

Current Salary

The current wage rate (Pay Range 9MN) is $15.30 hourly and the resident incentive rate for City of Milwaukee residents is $15.76 hourly. Appointees are not eligible for benefits.

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-Milwaukee Water Works 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, May 13, 2022; EXTENDED TO: Friday, May 20, 2022. 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.


IMPORTANT NOTE: The structured interview panel is tentatively scheduled for the week of May 30, 2022; times and location to be announced. The apprenticeship is anticipated to start the week of June 6, 2022.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information can be accessed by visiting
  • 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
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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