Recruitment #2403-1814-003


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 assists in the planning, design and bidding of the City of Milwaukee capital sewer program and reviews plans and studies prepared by other governmental agencies and developers.

Essential Functions

Sewer Engineering and Oversight

  • Assign, review, and supervise the environmental section’s Civil Engineer IIs who prepare engineering designs, special provisions of sewer construction, and rehabilitation projects.
  • Oversee hydraulic studies of existing sewer systems relative to backwater, surface flooding, and pollution.
  • Review the accuracy of completed sewer system plans, check hydraulic computations, and assess structural designs prior to submitting to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), and Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) for approval.
  • Supervise, direct, and train design staff engineers.
  • Assist in administering the Capital Improvement Program, including sewer program preparation and funding, grant applications and documentation.
  • Review plats, certified surveys, proposed developments, street and alley vacations, and building permit applications to determine their compatibility with and/or impact upon the City’s sewer system.

Sewer Engineering Administration

  • Review plans and specifications prepared by outside consultants or organizations.
  • Prepare documents such as Common Council resolutions, easements, quit claim deeds, and agreements.
  • Attend meetings, including Common Council meetings, and prepare minutes and keep management informed.

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 preplacement medical requirements for this title include the following:

  • Drug Test
  • Physical exam
  • Audiogram
  • Vision test

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 in sewer design or stormwater management.
  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 sewer system design and analysis.
  • Knowledge of sewer systems-related modeling software, such as Civil 3D® and/or HydroCAD.
  • Skill in the use of computer software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Professional.
  • Knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) applications.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, and construction plans.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Skill in providing customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary staff, the public, elected officials, and other agencies.
  • 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 that are accurate and free of grammatical and punctuation errors.
  • Verbal communication skills to positively represent the department.

Critical Thinking and Professionalism

  • Ability to anticipate and recognize problems and issues before they occur, collect information, and formulate and efficiently implement appropriate action.
  • Analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Ability to perform work duties with professionalism, honesty, and integrity.
  • Ability to efficiently plan and coordinate work.
  • Skill in decision-making, including assessing the costs and benefits of potential actions.
  • Ability to work under tight time constraints.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.


  • Ability to oversee and lead personnel 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.
  • Ability to provide guidance and training for employees.

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.