Recruitment #2305-1887-001


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


The Engineering Technician IV conducts water main replacement, water distribution system repair, and lead service line replacement inspections to ensure compliance with and enforcement of Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) specifications.

Essential Functions


  • Conduct thorough inspections and provide detailed documentation of water main alterations, extensions, and replacements, as well as lead service line replacements.
  • Oversee the overall construction project to ensure it is performed in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Enforce proper construction methods and MWW specifications.
  • Ensure that proper excavation, safety, and traffic control procedures are implemented and followed.
  • Document inspections, including manual drafting, written documentation, data entry into computer software, and the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.
  • Provide customer outreach and communication for those affected by construction activities.
  • Perform pressure tests of new water mains and collect water samples for testing.
  • Assist the MWW Distribution Section with distribution system leak survey program.
  • Inspect and test water main pipes, valves, hydrants, fittings, and all other material used as part of the MWW distribution system.
  • Approve or reject materials based upon specifications and acceptable tolerances.
  • Conduct inspection of materials to ensure quality of supplies including visual, hydrostatic, pressure, torque, and weights and measurements.
  • Prepare detailed written reports of inspections to document findings.
  • Communicate with MWW inventory staff as to the status of materials inspected and tested.
  • Communicate material defect findings to vendors and manufacturers.
  • Maintain communication with the Control Center regarding the status of jobs.
  • Conduct hydrant flow tests to establish hydraulic analyses and studies and to determine system robustness.
  • Conduct field investigations to troubleshoot system anomalies such as pressure fluctuations and pumping operations.
  • Assist with calibration of the MWW hydraulic model.
  • Install pressure recorders at strategic locations to record system pressures, and monitor and report findings.


  • Assist in the coordination and scheduling of work associated with contracted projects.
  • Conduct inspection of emergency leak repairs by contractors.
  • Consult with area management regarding contractor difficulties or complications.
  • Document contractor activities, assist with the inventory and inspection of repair materials, and complete work orders and requisitions.

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 Engineer Technician IV must be willing and able to do the following:

  • Work overtime and respond to emergency call-outs.
  • Climb ladders, enter confined spaces, and wear confined space safety equipment.
  • Lift and transport 50 pounds or more of equipment or material.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment, including safety shoes, glasses, and hearing protection.
  • Work outdoors in all types of weather conditions for extended periods of time.

Minimum Requirements

Engineering Technician IV:

  1. An Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology from an accredited college or university AND two years of engineering or construction experience performing duties similar to the essential functions listed above; OR Four years of experience as a municipal utility engineering technician, surveying technician, public works inspector, or construction materials inspector performing work related to the essential functions of the position.
  2. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may 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 years of the required experience. Substitution will be made on the basis of five credits equals three months of experience, and no substitution will be made for fewer than five 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

  • Related coursework and/or Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology
  • State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Distribution Operator’s License D-1.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Ability to serve as the primary on-site coordinator for water main construction projects.
  • Knowledge of construction methods and techniques.
  • Proficiency with standard computer applications, including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to produce accurate daily inspection reports and sketch basic drawings.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical job-related documents.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction drawings, technical drawings, and specifications.
  • Ability to use proper tools to measure, estimate, and verify construction project specifications.
  • Knowledge of construction safety principles and the ability to perform work in a safe manner.


  • 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, colleagues, contractors, and the public.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively, and fairly with coworkers and residents whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.


  • 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.

Current Salary


The current salary range (Pay Range 3NN) is $52,210-$63,772 annually, and the current resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $53,776-$65,685. 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 application 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 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.