Recruitment #2107-1820DC-002


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 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 Engineering Drafting Technician II is responsible for performing map changes, updates and maintenance of the MWW mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS), as well as administrative duties related to water main plan preparation, information requests, permit processing and the contracting process.  

The Engineering Drafting Technician IV is responsible for preparing and updating plans and system maps for the Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) distribution systems, water treatment plants, pumping stations, booster stations, pressure reducing facilities and water storage systems.  

The names of eligible candidates who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the highest level eligible list for which the candidate qualifies.

Essential Functions

Engineering Drafting Technician IV:

  • Using the current computer-aided drafting design software and methods, prepare plans and maps for the water treatment plants, water mains and other MWW facilities and appurtenances.
  • Review, check, update, and maintain maps, file storage, and inspector reports.
  • Research anomalies to find proper measurements and placement that ensure accurate and complete drafting.
  • Review permits to ensure completeness and to protect MWW infrastructure from encroaching structures.
  • Order, handle and maintain water main plans for contracts and record keeping.
  • Prepare as-built plans, records and water service reconnection reports; respond to Digger’s Hotline requests.  

Engineering Drafting Technician II:

  • Using the current computer aided drafting design software and methods, prepare basic construction drawings, sketches and site plans for the Water Works Capital Improvement Program.
  • Request field location surveys and compile water service status reports, utility requests and other information for projects.
  • Respond to Diggers Hotline requests by providing necessary utility plans.
  • Organize and assemble contract documents for the Water Works Capital Improvement Program.
  • File and maintain the plan storage, computer file storage, and inspection reports.
  • Assemble maps and records for City and outside agencies.
  • Review permits.  

Both jobs:

  • Update water system maps utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS) software and updated data.  

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.

Minimum Requirements

Engineering Drafting Technician IV:

  1. Four years of municipal or utility engineering technician experience as an Engineering Technician or Engineering Drafting Technician, including two years of experience using Computer Aided Drafting and Design software and/or Geographic Information System software performing drafting, design, and GIS map maintenance duties related to the essential functions of the position.  
  2. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.  

Engineering Drafting Technician II:

  1. Two years of related municipal or utility engineering drafting experience performing duties related to the essential function listed above.  
  2. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment  

NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.  

NOTE: College-level engineering curriculum courses, for which an average grade equivalent to “C” was earned, may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required experience. Substitution will be made on the basis of five (5) credits equals three (3) months of experience and no substitution will be made for fewer than five (5) credits.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: To receive credit for 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 (if applicable) and the date the degree was completed.  Student copies are acceptable.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Coursework in Civil Engineering Technology

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

Engineering Drafting Technician II and IV:

  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively utilize Computer Aided Drafting and design software.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively utilize Geographic Information System software.
  • Knowledge of mapping layers and Geographic Information System data sets.
  • Knowledge of mathematical calculations used for drafting.
  • Ability to prepare drawings for various types of construction projects.
  • Skill in updating and maintaining engineering records, engineering data bases, and plat pages.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects with varying deadlines.
  • Ability to read City maps and understand legal descriptions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups and ability to exhibit a high level of cultural competence.
  • Ability to effectively plan and schedule work and meet deadlines.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical documents.
  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service.

Engineering Drafting Technician IV:

  • Ability to lead a team of drafting technicians by assigning work and reviewing work products.
  • Ability to train and familiarize new drafting technicians with various types of drafting work.

Current Salary

Engineering Drafting Technician IV:
The current starting annual salary (PG 3NN) is $50,182. The City of Milwaukee resident incentive is $51,688 annually. Appointment will be made in accordance with the provisions of the salary ordinance.  

Engineering Drafting Technician II:
The current starting annual salary (PG 3FN) is $42,030. The City of Milwaukee resident incentive is $43,291 annually. Appointment will be made in accordance with the provisions of the salary ordinance.  

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 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 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.


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