Recruitment #2301-0913DC-001


Qualified applicants may be considered for vacancies in various departments.


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 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.


NOTE: On a weekly basis, applications received will be reviewed and the names of qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring department for immediate further consideration.


The HVAC Maintenance Technician repairs, replaces, adjusts, and maintains equipment related to facilities for the City of Milwaukee.

Essential Functions


  • Operate, maintain, repair, and replace HVAC equipment, including air handling units, cooling towers, chillers, boilers, and roof-top units.
  • Operate and maintain related electronic motors, starters, wiring fuses, protective devices, and controls.
  • Monitor and operate building automation systems to control complex heating and cooling systems at efficient levels.
  • Provide general repair and maintenance of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electronic controls.
  • Maintain, repair, and replace components in plumbing systems, such as pumps, valves, piping, drinking fountains, toilets, wash basins, filtration equipment, and controls for steam and hot water systems.
  • Assist with continued development of preventive maintenance programs.
  • Operate and maintain fire alarm and suppression systems.
  • Braze, weld, and solder components to keep all facility systems working well.
  • Respond immediately to building maintenance emergencies.


  • Use laptop computers and other telecommunication devices to test and maintain equipment.
  • Stay current with job duties by taking in-house coursework and attending assigned training sessions, workshops, and labs.

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

The HVAC Maintenance Technician must be willing and able to:

  • Work weekends, holidays, different shifts, hours beyond the work schedule, and emergency call-ins.
  • Tolerate a variety of fumes, odors, and gases produced by various equipment and/or chemicals.
  • Lift and carry up to 50 pounds of material or equipment and more weight with assistance.
  • Work from ladders and scaffolding.
  • Work in confined crawl spaces and at considerable heights.
  • Deal with a wide variety of environmental conditions in the workplace (indoor and outdoor).

Minimum Requirements

  1. Three years of full-time experience in the maintenance and repair of HVAC/refrigeration equipment and other mechanical, electrical, and electronic automated building systems.
                                    --- OR --- 
    An Associate Degree in the HVAC field (installation and repair of HVAC equipment) from an accredited college or university AND one year of full-time experience in the maintenance and repair of HVAC/refrigeration equipment and other mechanical, electrical and electronic automated building systems.
  2. Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification from State of Wisconsin within six months of appointment and throughout employment.
  3. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

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

  • Building automation control system experience.
  • Valid boiler operator’s license (high or low pressure).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of building and mechanical preventive maintenance programs.
  • Knowledge of the operation of heating, cooling, and ventilating equipment.
  • Knowledge of building automation systems and related controls.
  • Ability to mechanically operate and understand pneumatic and electric/electrical controls, compressors, and various HVAC equipment, including reciprocating compressors, chillers, and boilers.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents, blueprints, plans, technical specifications, and sequence of operations.
  • Practical knowledge of mathematics to be able to take measurements, make calculations, and use basic geometry.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Ability to operate, program, and use computer software used for facilities management.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply safety principles and practices as they apply to the HVAC field.


  • Ability to work productively in both on-demand and preventive maintenance work environments.
  • Verbal communication skills to effectively convey information to other staff and managers.
  • Ability to work efficiently both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with coworkers and customers whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to apply basic troubleshooting techniques in the field and resolve problems efficiently and independently.
  • Ability to use City resources responsibly.
  • Situational awareness to maintain alertness, identify potential hazards, and make good decisions.

Current Salary

The current starting salary (Pay Range 7NN) is $65,755 annually, and the current resident incentive starting salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $67,728.


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 https://city.milwaukee.gov/der/benefits.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of education, experience and/or responses to supplemental questions; a written or performance test, a structured interview, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to structured interviews and performance examinations. Structured interviews 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 the selection process will be held during 2023 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 selection process components. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative selection process dates or times. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee. The names of successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list in a rank determined by the final score without reference to the date of the selection process. 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.


Candidates may apply for and participate in the selection process for this position only once every six months.


* NOTE: Candidates being considered for HVAC Maintenance Technician positions with the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) must pass an MPD background investigation as well as a pre-employment drug screen and physical examination before hire. *

Additional Information

  • Applications can be accessed by visiting www.jobapscloud.com/MIL.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov.
  • 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.