Recruitment #2305-1813-001


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 Department of Public Works (DPW) Multimodal Unit works to create sustainable, vibrant, equitable, and connected streets and public spaces that provide choice, safety, comfort, and access for everyone in Milwaukee. Committed to supporting the Mayor’s Vision Zero Policy, this team is committed to addressing reckless driving and building out a protected bike lane network.


The Civil Engineer designs and reviews multimodal transportation and mobility projects related to the City of Milwaukee’s Complete Streets policy. The ideal candidate should understand the value and benefits that walking, biking, and taking transit bring to an urban environment and be passionate about designing safe streets and increasing equitable transportation options.

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

Essential Functions


  • Develop geometric designs for various multimodal transportation improvement projects.
  • Participate in the planning and design of major projects related to transportation and mobility.
  • Coordinate design and construction activities.


  • Participate in transportation studies.
  • Perform field investigations, including collecting data and developing alternatives to address traffic safety concerns.
  • Prepare studies, reports, plans, specifications, and estimates per Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and City of Milwaukee requirements.
  • Review the work of consultants and inspect construction progress.
  • Prepare contract documents. 

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.

Minimum Requirements

Both Civil Engineer I & Civil Engineer II levels:

1. Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from a school accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

2. Ability to travel independently throughout Milwaukee, either by transit, bicycle, or automobile.

Civil Engineer II

3. One year of professional civil engineering experience performing functions related to the position.

NOTE: Students with senior status may apply for this position but may not be appointed until their degree has been completed.

NOTE: 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.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering as they relate to the planning and design of transportation and mobility improvements.
  • Ability to learn and use computerized civil engineering design programs, such as AutoCAD, MicroStation, and Civil 3-D.
  • Ability to use standard computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of mathematics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and the ability to make accurate calculations.
  • Ability to learn and adhere to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, standards, and practices.
  • Ability to learn and adhere to City of Milwaukee plans, policies, and procedures related to multimodal transportation and mobility.
  • Ability to learn and adhere to State of Wisconsin Vehicle Code, Facilities Development Manual, and WisDOT guidelines.
  • Knowledge of the Complete Streets policy and a commitment to bringing safe streets to the City of Milwaukee.
  • Ability to collect, research, and analyze data to make informed decisions.


  • Verbal communication skills to effectively communicate with other staff, city and agency officials, and members of the public.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals at all levels inside and outside the organization as well as work courteously, cooperatively, and effectively with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Written communication skills to be able to prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence.
  • Interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team environment.


  • Ability to analyze and evaluate information to solve problems.
  • Ability to perform work duties with professionalism, honesty, and integrity.
  • Ability to efficiently plan and coordinate work.

Current Salary

 Civil Engineer I

The current salary range (Pay Range 2EN) is $61,325-$65,989 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $63,165-$67,969. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

Civil Engineer II

The current salary range (Pay Range 2GN) is $67,459-$74,974 annually and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $69,482-$77,223. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

In accordance with the City of Milwaukee Salary Ordinance, an employee with a Professional Engineer License will be paid an additional 3%.

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 leave 
  • 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 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 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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