Recruitment #2401-1814-001


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 charm with 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 Civil Engineer III supervises and performs civil engineering duties related to the design and construction of state and federal aid transportation systems within the City of Milwaukee.

Essential Functions

Planning and Design

  • Supervise and prepare studies, reports, environmental investigations, plans, specification estimates, and other submittals for federal and or state aided transportation improvement projects.
  • Secure permits for projects.
  • Monitor and prepare project status reports, monitor funding, update schedules, and review project billings.
  • Prepare and negotiate contract documents and review proposals.
  • Coordinate plans and utility reviews and comments for county and state trunk highway projects.
  • Undertake investigations and make recommendations on project design and concepts.

Coordination and Public Relations

  • Coordinate with outside agencies and establish agreements with Milwaukee County and other local communities and professional service contracts with private consultants.
  • Coordinate with elected officials, public utilities, railroads, and other municipalities relative to public meetings, deliverables, and project updates.
  • Appear before boards, commissions, and Common Council committees in the absence of the section head.


  • Mentor and train Civil Engineer IIs.
  • Provide quality assurance and quality control reviews for project plans and reports.
  • Supervise review of various transit and transportation proposals and projects.

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

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited school of engineering.
  2. Two years of full-time professional civil engineering experience performing design and construction work related to state and/or federal aided transportation projects.
  3. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also 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

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology.
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, principles, materials, and methods involved in the repair or construction of roads.
  • Knowledge of state and federal grant/aid programs for streets and bridges, including the application and design processes and how to resolve construction related issues.
  • Skill in the use of computer software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Professional.
  • Ability to prepare engineering plans using design software and drawing tools such as AutoCAD and MicroStation.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, and aerial photography.
  • Knowledge of project management principles.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Skill in providing customer service to internal and external customers and elected officials.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with a multicultural and multidisciplinary staff, the public, various City of Milwaukee officials, and other agencies.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals at all levels inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to work courteously, cooperatively, and effectively with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to prepare reports.

Judgment and Leadership

  • Ability to anticipate and recognize problems and issues before they occur, collect information and formulate and efficiently implement appropriate action.
  • Knowledge of business management principles.
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Cost benefit analysis skills.
  • Ability to perform work duties with professionalism, honesty, and integrity.
  • Ability to efficiently plan and coordinate work.
  • Ability to oversee and lead staff involved in short-term and long-term projects.
  • Ability to foster an environment of inclusion wherein all employees are treated respectfully, are valued for their strengths, and feel that they can safely express themselves.

Current Salary

The current starting salary range (Pay Range 2MN) is $94,758-$112,137 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $97,601-$115,501. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

SPECIAL NOTE: Employees who possess a Professional Engineering License will be paid an additional 3%.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program which includes:

  • 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 can 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.