Recruitment #2207-1885DC-002


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 part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


Engineering Technicians perform functions in one or more of the following areas: construction, transportation, environmental, traffic and water engineering.


Engineering Technician I and II will be open for applications several times throughout 2022. See the chart below. *Only applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the job will be invited to participate in the selection process.



Application Period Opens:

Application Period Closes:

* Structured Interviews to be held (*Subject to change)

February 4th

February 28th

Week of March 14th

March 28th

May 2nd

Week of May 16th

May 30th

July 15th

Week of August 1st

August 8th

September 12th

Week of September 26th

October 3rd

October 24th

Week of November 14th

Eligible candidates who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the highest-level eligible list for which they qualify.

Essential Functions


  • Operate survey instruments to obtain angles, elevations, distances, points, and other survey information.
  • Take survey notes by hand regarding a benchmark circuit, measurements for water or sewer, or preliminary measurements for a project.
  • Make engineering-related mathematical computations involving algebra and geometry.
  • Make precise measurements of completed construction work using an engineer’s tape.
  • Perform manual and automated drafting work and prepare field sketches.
  • Assist in preparing designs and construction plans using MicroStation, including charts, maps, graphs and drawings.
  • Assist in transferring electronically collected data to CADD software to produce preliminary plans for design and sewer and water survey reports. 


  • Collect, analyze, and record data for various purposes.
  • Compile certificate work used for payments to contractors, using computer software such as Microsoft Excel.
  • Set transit lines, gathering data for cross section levels and establishing grades.
  • Run surveys relative to various types of projects such as major arterials, properties, street and alley openings, streets, water mains, street repairs, and obstructions.
  • Communicate with the public in person.

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.

  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the job including standing, walking, twisting, bending, climbing stairs, and lifting and pushing items weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to perform outdoor work in variable weather conditions.

Minimum Requirements

Engineering Technician I AND Engineering Technician II:
1.  Successful completion of high school algebra AND high school geometry.
2.  Six months of full-time experience performing surveying OR
     Six months of full-time experience using MicroStation and/or AutoCAD.
3.  Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Engineering Technician II:
4.  Two years of full-time experience performing field surveying.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge and experience with computer programs such as CADD systems (MicroStation or AutoCAD) and Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to calculate and understand mathematics, applying algebraic and geometric concepts.
  • Knowledge of surveying techniques and instruments.
  • Ability to observe and document descriptions of work. 


  • Ability to read and interpret technical job-related documents.
  • Written communication skills in order to effectively create business correspondence and reports.
  • Verbal communication skills in order to effectively communicate with internal and external customers.
  • Interpersonal skills to be able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with managers and colleagues.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively, and fairly with coworkers and residents whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 


  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects with varying and often tight deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Honesty and the ability to use City resources responsibly.

Current Salary

Engineering Technician I:

The current salary range (PR 3DN) is $39,252-$45,287 annually, and the current resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $40,430-$46,646.


Engineering Technician II:

The current salary range (PR 3FN) is $42,871-$48,114 annually, and the current resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $44,157-$49,557.


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 the oral examination. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.


THIS IS A CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT. Applications will be accepted and interviews held during 2022 as often as required to meet the needs of the City. Qualified applicants will be notified by email 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. Employment may be possible immediately following the examination if positions are vacant at that time. The names of successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list in a rank determined by the final grade without reference to the date of the examination. The names of candidates who pass all phases of the selection process may remain on an eligible list resulting from a continuous examination for up to six months. 

Additional Information

  • Applications 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.


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