Recruitment #2402-7638-001


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.

Qualified applicants will be considered for vacancies in both the Department of Public Works-Infrastructure Division and the Milwaukee Police Department-Facilities Maintenance section.


Under basic direction, Carpenter 4s assigned to Bridge Operations & Maintenance work on both bridges and buildings. Carpenter 4s perform carpentry work necessary to maintain structures under the jurisdiction of the Division, including concrete formwork for bridge decks, piers, stairways, retaining walls, ramps, approach roadways, and sidewalks. In addition, Carpenter 4s install, maintain, and repair interior and exterior building components such as cabinetry, finish work, furniture, and prefabricated open plan interior systems.


The Bridge Operations & Maintenance Unit operates 20 movable bridges and maintains 188 City-owned bridge structures. These bridge structures consist of movable bridges, fixed bridges, viaducts and pedestrian bridges. Over 300 City-owned assets are maintained through the buildings-focused units within Bridges & Buildings, from commercial sheds to historic City Hall.

Essential Functions

Depending upon the department and assignment, Carpenter 4s may be required to perform any of the duties listed below as described in the Purpose Statement above.

Residential, Commercial, and Public Building Construction

  • Install, maintain, and repair the following:
    • Building components on residential, commercial, and public buildings.
    • All types of roofing, gutters, flashing, and related elements.
    • Structural and non-load bearing framing.
    • All types of exterior facades, siding, trim, and sheet metal.
    • Doors, windows, frames, and related trim, casework, and hardware.
    • All types of floors and ceilings.
    • Building furnishings, open interiors, workstations, furniture, and related cabinetry.
  • Perform related finish work on laminate surfaces and solid surfaces; perform millwork and finish cabinetry.
  • Board up vacant and fire-damaged buildings and upgrade code violations (on-call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week).
  • Configure and work from scaffolding and aerial platforms/lifts at heights up to 100 feet.
  • Erect heavy timber supports for bridge construction and repair.
  • Direct laborers in conjunction with maintenance repairs to structures.
  • Direct and train Carpenters 1-3 on these tasks.

Concrete Work

  • Construct concrete formwork on bridge decks, piers, stairways, retaining walls, ramps, approach roadways, pavements, sidewalks, and related structures.
  • Direct and train Carpenters 1-3 on these tasks.

Rough and Finished Construction

  • Perform rough and finished carpentry associated with light construction and remodeling.
  • Direct and train Carpenters 1-3 on these tasks.

Snow Removal

  • Perform snow removal operations on City-owned bridge sidewalks, stairs, and tunnels.

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

Carpenter 4s must be willing and able to do the following:

  • Provide their own hand tools required for the profession.
  • Respond to emergency board-ups during non-standard hours or at times work an altered work schedule.
  • Wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Possess a high degree of dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
  • Perform physically demanding work, including lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds of equipment or materials on a daily basis.
  • Work at heights of up to 100 feet, in confined spaces, and in variable temperature conditions.
  • Erect and work from scaffolding and swing stages.

The preplacement medical requirements for this title include the following:

  • Drug Test
  • Physical with 50 lb. lift test
  • Audiogram
  • Vision test

Minimum Requirements

  1. Journeyman Carpenter or four years of equivalent experience required, including one year of professional carpentry experience related to essential functions.
  2. Valid driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Significant knowledge of and skill in performing carpentry duties at the journey-level.
  • Experience installing form work for bridge construction and repair.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of carpentry installation, maintenance, and repair terminology and practices.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to safety policies and procedures when setting up and conducting work on a construction site.
  • Knowledge of and skill in using the hand tools and equipment used in carpentry.
  • Knowledge of flat and structural concrete formwork.
  • Knowledge of and ability to do cabinetry work.
  • Knowledge of and ability to do finish work.
  • Knowledge of installation and maintenance of prefabricated open plan interior systems.
  • Ability to learn and perform bridge carpentry.
  • Ability to perform precise, high-quality, aesthetically pleasing work.
  • Knowledge of mathematics and the ability to calculate time and material estimates and make accurate measurements.
  • Ability to read and interpret building and bridge engineering and architectural plans and specifications.


  • Ability to follow directions presented in both verbal and written forms.
  • Customer service skills; ability to interact with customers tactfully and professionally.
  • Verbal communication skills to converse clearly with managers, contractors, customers, and other DPW staff.
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a diverse, collaborative, team-oriented environment with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to serve as a lead worker, directing and training carpenters and laborers in their performance of various job duties.
  • Ability to represent the department positively and consistent with its mission and goals.
  • 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.


  • Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve problems by taking complex projects and breaking them down into manageable steps.
  • Creativity and the ability to learn new techniques and approaches for completing carpentry work.
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work assignments by required deadlines.
  • Situational awareness to mitigate potential safety incidents.
  • Honesty, integrity, and responsible stewardship of departmental resources.
  • Industrious, careful, and reliable.

Current Salary

The current salary range (Pay Range 7JN) is $81,700-$104,841, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $84,151-$107,985. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

Employees in job classifications who perform lead abatement duties which under federal regulations require the use of respirators and personal protective clothing shall receive an additional thirty-five cents ($0.35) per hour while performing such duties.

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 located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


EEO Code – 703

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