Recruitment #2211-1820DC-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 historic charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight 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 Engineering Drafting Technician IV prepares and updates plans and system maps for the Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) distribution systems, water treatment plants, pumping stations, booster stations, pressure reducing facilities and water storage systems.

The Engineering Drafting Technician II performs map changes, updates and maintenance of the MWW mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS), as well as administrative duties related to water main plan preparation, information requests, permit processing and the contracting process. 


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

Essential Functions

Engineering Drafting Technician IV:

  • Use the current computer-aided drafting design software and methods to prepare plans and maps for the water treatment plants, water mains and other MWW facilities and appurtenances.
  • Review, check, update, and maintain maps, file storage, and inspector reports.
  • Research anomalies to find proper measurements and placement that ensure accurate and complete drafting.
  • Review Department of Neighborhood Services Building Permits and Department of Public Works Right-of-way Permits to ensure completeness and to protect MWW infrastructure from encroaching utilities and/or structures.
  • Order, handle and maintain water main plans for contracts and record keeping.
  • Prepare as-built plans, records and water service reconnection reports; respond to Digger’s Hotline requests.  

Engineering Drafting Technician II:

  • Use the current computer aided drafting design software and methods to prepare basic construction drawings, sketches and site plans for the Water Works Capital Improvement Program.
  • Request field location surveys and compile water service status reports, utility requests and other information for projects.
  • Respond to Diggers Hotline requests by providing necessary utility plans.
  • Organize and assemble contract documents for the Water Works Capital Improvement Program.
  • File and maintain the plan storage, computer file storage, and inspection reports.
  • Assemble maps and records for City and outside agencies.
  • Review Department of Neighborhood Services Building Permits for water availability and/or conflicts with existing MWW facilities.

Both Positions:

  • Update water system maps utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS) software and updated data.

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.

Minimum Requirements

Engineering Drafting Technician IV:

  1. Four years of municipal or utility engineering technician experience as an Engineering Technician or Engineering Drafting Technician, including two years of experience using Computer Aided Drafting and Design software and/or Geographic Information System software performing drafting, design, and GIS map maintenance duties related to the essential functions of the position.  
  2. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.  

Engineering Drafting Technician II:

  1. Two years of related municipal or utility engineering drafting experience performing duties related to the essential function listed above.  
  2. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment  

NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.  

NOTE: College-level engineering curriculum courses, for which an average grade equivalent to “C” was earned, may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required experience. Substitution will be made on the basis of five (5) credits equals three (3) months of experience and no substitution will be made for fewer than five (5) credits.  

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

  • Coursework in Civil Engineering Technology

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Ability to lead a team of drafting technicians by assigning work and reviewing work products. (Engineering Drafting Technician IV)
  • Ability to train and familiarize new drafting technicians with various types of drafting work. (Engineering Drafting Technician IV)
  • Knowledge of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and design software.
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) software.
  • Knowledge of mapping layers and GIS data sets.
  • Knowledge of mathematical calculations used for drafting.
  • Ability to prepare drawings for various types of construction projects.
  • Skill in updating and maintaining engineering records, engineering data bases, and plat pages.
  • Proficiency with standard computer applications, including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to produce accurate and detailed plans, drawings, maps, and diagrams using CAD/GIS software.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical job-related documents such as construction drawings, technical drawings, and specifications.
  • Ability to read City maps and understand legal descriptions.


  • Written communication skills, including the ability to write technical reports and business correspondence.
  • Verbal communication skills in order to effectively communicate with internal and external customers.
  • Interpersonal and teamwork 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 provide a high level of customer service.


  • Problem-solving and analytical skills, including the ability to evaluate options and find the best solutions.
  • Planning, organizational, and time management skills, including the ability to prioritize work with varying deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Honesty and the ability to use City resources responsibly.

Current Salary

Engineering Drafting Technician IV:
The current salary range (PG 3NN) is $51,186-$62,522 annually, and the current resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $52,722-$64,398 annually.

Engineering Drafting 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 annually.


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
  • 12 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,
  • Applications 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.

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