Recruitment #1906-1827-001


Note: The eligible list resulting from this examination may be used to fill City of Milwaukee positions in the Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) Engineering Division, DPW-Infrastructure-Transportation Division or other departments.  

What Milwaukee can offer YOU  

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 old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities and great restaurants.


The Electrical Engineer is responsible for researching, designing, and preparing plans and specifications for medium and low voltage electrical systems or street lighting projects.  

Candidates who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the highest level eligible list for which they qualify.

Essential Functions

Milwaukee Water Works

  • Provide contract/project management related to the maintenance and/or replacement of water plant facilities and equipment as part of the MWW Capital Improvements Program.
  • Prepare necessary engineering reports, feasibility studies, engineering estimates, bid documents, plans, specifications, inspection, and closeout of projects.
  • Prepare appropriate regulatory documents associated with maintaining MWW facilities or the development of new facilities.
  • Provide operation and maintenance assistance with troubleshooting, installation and modification feasibility, service order scope development and record drawing management.
  • Make recommendations relative to changes in specifications, existing methods, and procedures related to the electrical engineering discipline.  


  • Plan and design street lighting facilities, including electrical circuit design, lighting unit selection and location, cable size and routing pipe and conduit installation, preliminary field investigation and final site layout.
  • Prepare street lighting plans, cost estimates and work orders for lighting system designs related to area lighting projects, paving projects, facility improvements and specialty lighting projects.
  • Coordinate street lighting construction activity with City and other public and private agencies and utilities.
  • Responsible for activities associated with bid and award, construction management, inspection, and eventual closeout of projects.
  • Investigate requests for new or additional street lighting facilities.
  • Compile and provide information to contractors, architects, public utilities, and City, County and State agencies on current street lighting facilities, policies and practices.
  • Ensure, through specifications and permitting comments, the protection of street lighting facilities in conjunction with City projects.
  • Coordinate the relocation or adjustment of street lighting facilities in conjunction with other City projects, other public utilities or government agencies.
  • Perform tests and prepare reports on various types of street lighting materials, including recommendations and development of specifications for purchase.
  • Prepare documents to submit to WISDOT for Local Force Account (LFA) projects.
  • Prepare resolutions and the supporting documents.    

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made 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

  • Field work and/or inspection duties may require climbing heights above and below grade via ladders.
  • Duties may require the ability to wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment (PPE) while conducting site visits and inspections.
  • Position requires lifting materials and equipment up to 10 lbs. on occasion.

Minimum Requirements

Electrical Engineer I:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from a school of engineering whose program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
  2. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.  

Electrical Engineer II:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from a school of engineering whose program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
  2. One year of professional experience in the design and review of electrical systems or electrical distribution systems. V
  3. alid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.    

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. College transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected.  Your transcript must be legible and include the following information:  the university or college name, your name, the degree completed and the date the degree was completed.  Student copies are acceptable.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Coursework in power systems analysis and feedback control systems.
  • Experience with lighting design concepts.
  • Familiarity with protective relay equipment from various vendors typically used in medium voltage switch gear protection, including SEL (Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.) ABB, GE (General Electric) and Basler Electric.

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

  • Knowledge of electrical power distribution systems.
  • Knowledge of the planning and design of street lighting systems.
  • Knowledge of remote terminal unit (RTU) and data concentrator based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, telemetering and communications.
  • Written communication skills to develop professional correspondence.
  • Interpersonal skills to positively and effectively interact with staff, other City departments, outside agencies, the public and City officials.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of design codes and standards, such as National Electric Code (NEC), National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), National Electrical Manufactures Association (NEMA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
  • Ability to read and interpret work related materials, such as government regulations and City ordinances.
  • Ability to prepare accurate cost estimates and work orders.
  • Ability to use computer programs such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and Microstation (or other drafting software).
  • Organizational and time management skills to prioritize work, adjust to changing deadlines, and achieve objectives on time.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects in various stages of completion.
  • Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Ability to handle effectively, and with tact, inquiries from elected officials, the public and other City departments.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate information to solve problems.    

Current Salary

Electrical Engineer I
The current salary range (2EN) is $51,358 - $63,426 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $52,899 - $65,329 annually. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.  

Electrical Engineer II
The current salary range (2GN) is $58,373 - $72,063 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $60,124 - $74,225 annually. 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 which includes:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 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 http://city.milwaukee.gov/Benefits2019.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.    

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination 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 examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. 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 www.jobaps.com/MIL.
  • 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 staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov.
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.



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