Recruitment #2301-2576DC-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 Public Works Inspector evaluates the installation of sewer and water mains, asphalt and concrete pavement, building sewer laterals, water services, water plant work, tunnel and monolithic concrete sewer construction, bridges, and other miscellaneous construction.

Essential Functions

Construction Site Inspection

  • Inspect the construction of sewer, water, paving, and asphalt resurfacing projects to ensure compliance with plans and specifications.
  • Determine that all materials and quality of work meet established standards.
  • Ensure that line and grade points comply with markings on the engineers' stakes.
  • Prepare accurate daily records, including making sketches of work in progress or completed work and technical project changes.
  • Interpret plans to ensure that installations are compliant with legal requirements, safety regulations, and construction standards.

Customer Relations

  • Serve as the first point of contact for questions from contractors, City staff, and the public regarding the status of projects.
  • Receive complaints and recommend solutions or escalate to managers for resolution.

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 work outdoors in inclement weather for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces and in trenches.
  • Must be able to remain standing for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and 10 pounds of force regularly to move objects.

Minimum Requirements

1. Two years of experience in an engineering or technical field position, such as construction lead worker, construction inspector, or surveyor performing duties related to the essential functions above.


Twelve months of full-time experience as a City of Milwaukee Infrastructure Repair Crew Leader, Engineering Technician II, or a higher-level position performing duties related to the essential functions above.


Associate degree in engineering or a related technical program from an accredited college or university.


2. Valid Wisconsin driver's license and the use of a properly insured personal automobile (mileage reimbursement provided) 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

  • Coursework in Civil Engineering Technology from an accredited college or university.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of construction methods and techniques.
  • Ability to use proper tools to measure, estimate, and verify construction project specifications.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans.
  • Knowledge of mathematics and geometry to be able to interpret plans and take measurements.
  • Ability to write legibly and sketch basic drawings.
  • Ability to act as the primary on-site coordinator for construction projects.
  • Knowledge of construction safety and the ability to perform all work in a safe manner.
  • Situational awareness to monitor the work site and identify and avert any potential hazards.

Customer Service and Communication

  • Verbal communication skills to respond to inquiries and complaints from the public and to clearly communicate technical information to staff and contractors.
  • Written communication skills to compile daily status reports and technical project changes.
  • Interpersonal skills to work cooperatively with staff, contractors, and the public in a diplomatic and professional manner.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to residents from all economic, educational, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with coworkers and residents whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.

Critical Thinking

  • Time management and organizational skills to track workload and ensure that reports are filed on time.
  • Honesty and responsible stewardship of City of Milwaukee resources.

Current Salary

The current starting salary (Pay Range 3HN) is $47,463-$52,695 annually and the resident incentive starting salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $48,887-$54,276. 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
  • 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: 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.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The selection process 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 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.

Additional Information

APPLICATIONS and further information may 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 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.”