Recruitment #2204-1852.5-001


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.

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.


The Plan Examiner II examines plans, specifications, and other data pursuant to all the regulations of the State of Wisconsin building, heating ventilating and air conditioning code, City of Milwaukee building and zoning codes, and those of other regulatory agencies, for the construction of new structures and buildings and proposed alterations, additions, and repairs to existing structures and buildings and related mechanical systems.

Essential Functions


  • Examine and approve plans for the installation of architectural, mechanical, and life safety systems, pursuant to state and city codes and other regulatory agency requirements.
  • Determine plan compliance relative to the Milwaukee Zoning Ordinance. Prepare plan review letters and permits reflecting approval conditions.
  • Review development proposals and coordinate all phases of review, including pre‑submittal meetings, preliminary review services, coordination with other regulatory governmental agencies, and issuance of final approvals and permits.
  • Provide code interpretation for internal and external customers and evaluate applications for variances to City codes.
  • Serve walk-in and phone customers seeking information and assistance.
  • Assist other Plan Examiners, other Development Center staff, and construction inspectors.


  • Coordinate plan review assignments and respond to inquiries regarding assignments; verify that established benchmarks are met.

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.
  • Must be able to perform light physical work, including lifting and moving objects weighing up to 10 lbs.
  • Must comply with the departmental dress code.
  • Must be able to work in an office environment daily.

Minimum Requirements

1. An associate degree in building construction technology, architectural technology, or a related field from an accredited college or university AND four years of experience as a construction superintendent or contractor involving large scale construction on public or commercial buildings with responsibilities for design, construction, or inspection.

OR A bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, urban planning, or a related field from an accredited college or university AND two years of experience in architecture, engineering, urban planning, or related field.

OR One year of experience as a Plan Examiner Specialist or Building Construction Inspector with the City of Milwaukee.

2. Certification with the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) as a Commercial Building Inspector, UDC Construction Inspector, and UDC HVAC Inspector within one year of employment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered, for example, a related associate degree plus five years of experience as described above is considered equivalent.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application or sent via email to Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and may be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed, and the date completed.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Registration with the State of Wisconsin as an architect or engineer.
  • Certification as a commercial building code inspector, a building construction inspector, and HVAC inspector of 1- and 2-family dwellings.
  • Familiarity with the City of Milwaukee zoning ordinance (MCO Ch. 295).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of architecture and building construction principles, methodology, and materials.
  • Knowledge of zoning administration and code enforcement.
  • Ability to read and interpret work-related documents such as laws, regulations, and building and zoning codes.
  • Ability to interpret technical plans, blueprints, drawings, models, and maps.
  • Knowledge of the mathematics involved in building design and construction, including measurement, geometry, algebra, and trigonometry.
  • Ability to use job-specific computer applications such as the Land Management System (LMS) and standard programs such as spreadsheet, database, and word processing.


  • Written communication skills to be able to write clear correspondence and reports.
  • Verbal communication and training skills to clearly convey information to staff and others.
  • Customer service knowledge and skills; ability to serve customers in a patient and friendly manner.
  • Interpersonal skills to be able to build effective relationships with staff and elected officials, contractors, representatives of various governmental agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.


  • Critical thinking skills to be able to resolve complex issues daily.
  • Planning and time management skills to be able to meet frequent deadlines.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to maintain accurate and detailed records.
  • Commitment to serving the public with the utmost honesty and professionalism.

Current Salary

The current salary range (2FN) is $67,751-$73,139 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $69,784-$75,333. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

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
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 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 reserves 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 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. 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 may 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 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.