Recruitment #2105-2506DC-001


Put your boiler and pressure vessel expertise to work as a Boiler Inspector with the City of Milwaukee, and serve a critical role in keeping Milwaukee’s residents safe!


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 Boiler Inspector conducts inspections of new and existing boilers and pressure vessels internally and externally to ensure compliance with applicable codes; investigates complaints for violations of city ordinances and zoning codes; and facilitates resolution of complex issues related to HVAC systems.

Essential Functions


  • Conduct periodic inspection of boilers, pressure vessels, refrigeration systems, and air conditioning systems and their associated piping, instruments, fittings, and controls.
  • Conduct inspections of new heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), boilers, pressure vessels, and refrigeration systems for compliance to applicable codes.
  • Prepare, maintain, and process city forms and records related to inspections and violations.
  • Enforce code requirements through written orders and court testimony regarding HVAC and zoning code violations.


  • Communicate effectively with the public and professionals regarding HVAC codes, issues, and inquiries.
  • Conduct research, evaluate technical materials, provide advice, and write reports for boards, commissions, and department personnel.
  • Identify improvements and changes needed in ordinances and code provisions; draft suggested changes for review.
  • Conduct training classes for departmental staff on code development and inspection skills.
  • Serve as team leader for technical and administrative employee teams for inspections, policy, and code development.

    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 Boiler Inspector is considered essential staff during the current public health emergency. ***

    The Boiler Inspector must be willing and able to do the following:

    • Work in cramped workspaces and tolerate noise and exposure to airborne contaminants, heat, and cold.
    • Perform inspection services and work requiring moderate physical exertion, including stooping and bending, walking distances, climbing ladders and stairs, exerting up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and lifting and moving objects weighing 10-20 lbs. frequently.

    Minimum Requirements

    1. Eligibility for a National Board Authorized Inspector Commission (AI) by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors Commission, including possession of the combination of education and experience in the pressure equipment industry and additional requirements as described in the NB-263, RCI-1, RULES FOR COMMISSIONED INSPECTORS document, found here under Part 1, Pages 4-5:
    2. Commission and certifications earned within twelve months of appointment:
      a) National Board Authorized Inspector Commission (AI) by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors Commission, which requires satisfactory completion of the National Board AI Course. Click on the link above for more information.
      b) Certifications issued by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS):
           * Boiler-Pressure Vessel Inspector
           * UDC-HVAC Inspector
    3. Valid driver’s license at the time of appointment and throughout employment and the availability of a properly registered and insured vehicle for use on the job (mileage reimbursement provided).

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Copies of eligibility documentation (such as commissions, certifications, licenses, courses taken, college transcripts, and so forth) are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Documents may be attached to your online application or sent via email to with “Boiler Inspector” in the subject line. Applications without documentation attached will be considered incomplete and may be rejected. Unofficial copies are acceptable; however, documents must be legible and include the institution’s name, your name, any degrees completed (if applicable), and completion dates.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


    • General knowledge of building and construction principles, techniques, and materials.
    • Technical knowledge of building and construction practices and techniques, equipment, and tools associated with boilers and pressure vessels as well as HVAC and refrigeration systems.
    • Knowledge of codes, laws, ordinances, and regulations applicable to the installation of boilers and pressure vessels and HVAC and refrigeration systems; skill in recognizing violations.
    • Ability to read drawings and blueprints to be able to understand building systems.
    • Knowledge of mathematics, geometry, and algebra to perform calculations and make precise measurements.
    • Ability to read and interpret complex work-related documents.
    • Knowledge of and ability to apply construction safety principles and practices.
    • Ability to think critically to analyze and solve complex problems.
    • Skill in using standard computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, and database.


    • Written communication skills to be able to prepare correspondence and reports.
    • Verbal communication skills to clearly and accurately share information and respond to inquiries.
    • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with staff, elected officials, owners, building managers, installers, contractors, skilled trades personnel, designers, architects, engineers, and attorneys.
    • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with others whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
    • Customer service knowledge and skills to serve the public in a positive manner.
    • Lead worker skills, including the ability to assign and direct work, assess performance, and provide training and coaching.
    • 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.


    • Skill in planning and organizing work to be able to complete projects within deadline.
    • Ability to maintain accurate, detailed records.
    • Ability to be flexible, open to change, and calm under pressure.
    • Honesty and integrity.
    • Commitment to professional development in boiler and pressure vessel technology and code enforcement.

    Current Salary

    The current salary range (2HN) is $63,569-$76,806 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $65,476-$79,110 annually.

    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
    • 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

    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 and the Department of Neighborhood Services reserve 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 Friday, June 30, 2021. 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 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 located 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.