Recruitment #2402-0832DC-001


Are you currently a high school sophomore or junior interested in a career in automotive repairs? Consider applying for this exciting apprenticeship opportunity as a Diesel Technician working with the City of Milwaukee’s heavy equipment repair team.

Selected students will enroll in the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Program (DWD-YAP) through their school appointed consortium.


Under the direction of Fleet Repairs management and job site mentors, the Youth Apprentice works full-time during the summer and/or part-time during the school year. Youth Apprentices will be trained to complete automotive or medium/heavy truck maintenance.

The Youth Apprentice is the first step to career in Fleet repairs. Successful candidates will be eligible for promotion to Maintenance Assistant. When minimum requirements are met, candidates will be eligible for Vehicle Service Technician I. 

Essential Functions

Year 1 Overview:

  • Operate tools and equipment safely.
  • Process work orders.
  • Change oil and filter.
  • Assist with the diagnosis of common equipment concerns.
  • Identify vehicle parts.
  • Rotate tires.
  • Complete battery service.
  • Assist with preventive maintenance of various vehicle systems, including diesel engines.

Year 2 Overview – In addition to Year 1 competencies:

Perform preventative maintenance of:

  • Brake systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Steering and suspension
  • HVAC systems
  • Hydraulics
  • Powertrain/hydrostatic systems
  • Wheels and tires
  • Drivetrain systems
  • Air and exhaust systems
  • Windshields
  • Vehicle/equipment frame
  • Exterior lighting systems
  • Interior and accessory components.

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

  • Work 15-20 hours per week during the school year and full-time during summer. Minimum of 450 work hours at the end of year 1 and 900 hours at the end of year 2.
  • Have access to reliable transportation to report on time at work location for assigned work shift.
  • Ability to withstand work a wide range of weather conditions.
  • Ability to be subject to hazards and atmospheric conditions; such as noise, vibrations, moving mechanical parts, fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, and oil or other fluids.
  • Physical ability to perform medium work; ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Physical ability to stand, walk, climb, balance, crouch, crawl, grasp, reach, push and pull, and perform repetitive motions.
  • Ability to see and hear to be able to remain safe within constantly changing environments.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

Minimum Requirements

1. At least 16 years of age at time of appointment June 17, 2024.

2. Current enrollment as a high school sophomore or junior at time of application.

NOTE 1: Candidates must be on track to graduate; verification will be requested from the candidate’s high school.

NOTE 2: Candidates selected to the Youth Apprentice – Fleet Repairs program must participate in the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Program (DWD‑YAP). For more information, see this link:

3. A valid governmentissued Wisconsin Identification Card (ID) OR valid driver’s license at the time of appointment and throughout employment. A Valid Wisconsin driver’s license is required for a full-time, regular appointment.

4. A good driving record at time of appointment and throughout employment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The students selected to the Youth Apprentice title are required to seek admission to the DWD-YAP through their school-appointed consortium. For the Consortium list, see this link:

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.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Ability to demonstrate mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to learn and understand mechanical systems.
  • Ability to follow safety and security regulations and practices.
  • Ability to effectively use technology and apply it to the workplace.
  • Ability to perform quality work effectively and efficiently.


  • Ability to develop positive work relationship with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others.
  • Ability to collaborate with others and can work effectively in teams with diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to demonstrate active listening.


  • Ability to maintain professionalism.
  • Ability to stay organized and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ablity to maintain composure under pressure
  • Ability to carry out responsibilities in an ethical, professional manner.
  • Ability to show initiative and self-direction to prioritize and carry out responsibilities.
  • Ability to be flexibility and adapt to changes.
  • Honesty, integrity, and careful and responsible use of organizational resources.

Current Salary

The starting hourly salary (Pay Range 9MN) is $15.92 and the resident incentive hourly salary is $16.40.

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
  • 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.


The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.