Recruitment #2108-1814-001


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

The Hop is a modern fixed-transit network that further enhances Milwaukee’s cool factor and its world-class corporations, cultural attractions, educational institutions and architecture. The system will attract and retain investment, business and talent, creating jobs, improving quality of life and increasing vitality. Hop on!


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.


Under the direction of the Streetcar System Manager, the Civil Engineer III is responsible for capital transit project development and implementation for The Hop streetcar system expansion, in accordance with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Project and Project and Construction Management requirements and all other applicable federal regulations.


The Civil Engineer III also assists the Streetcar System Manager in managing the rail transit agency.

Essential Functions

Capital Transit Project Development and Implementation

  • Perform alternative analyses and prepare capital cost estimates for consideration by policy makers
  • In collaboration with the Finance and Administration Manager, evaluate federal capital grant funding under various federal programs.
  • Secure Common Council funding authority to advance preferred alternatives.
  • Procure and administer professional service, vehicle, utility relocation, and construction contracts.
  • Prepare project documentation required by the FTA Project Development guidelines and Project and Construction Management guidelines.
  • Coordinate with the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to incorporate projects in the Regional Transportation System Plan and Transportation Improvement Plan. 
  • Coordinate design with City departments and private utility companies.
  • Develop National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) documentation and secure Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or other FTA concurrence.
  • Coordinate with the Chief Safety Officer in the development of safety and security documentation and assist in securing State Safety Officer Safety Certification concurrence to begin revenue service.
  • Comply with all reporting requirements of the federal grants, including Federal Financial Reports, Milestone Progress Reports, and performance measures reports.
  • Participate and support various audits of capital funding, including the City’s Single Audit and the FTA Triennial Audit.

Streetcar System Management Support

  • Assist in securing and administering FTA operations and maintenance grant funding.
  • Provide supporting information in compliance with federal documentation and reporting requirements as recipient of federal funding.
  • Establish, maintain and administer Streetcar System policy documents in consultation with the Streetcar System Manager.
  • Manage the capital system expansion project components.

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

  • Individuals who complete an application for general City employment on or after September 1, 2021 and are subsequently appointed to a position must provide proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or have an approved religious or medical accommodation within ten business days of their employment start date.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from a school of engineering whose program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
  2. Two years of professional experience in public transportation infrastructure project design and delivery.
  3. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.


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

  • Professional Engineer (PE) License.
  • Experience in public transportation infrastructure design and delivery of FTA-funded rail transit projects.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Ability to plan, design, and deliver transportation infrastructure projects.
  • Knowledge of project and construction management requirements for FTA-funded transit projects.  
  • Knowledge of electric rail transit design criteria and principles.
  • Knowledge of budgeting practices and principles to prepare capital budgets.
  • Ability to prepare and review detailed cost estimates.
  • Ability to use computer programs such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and MicroStation (or other drafting software).
  • Ability to review, analyze and prepare technical and non-technical reports and studies.
  • Ability to read and interpret work related materials, such as government regulations and city ordinances.


Communication and Interpersonal

  • Interpersonal skills to positively and effectively interact with staff, other city departments, outside agencies, the public and city officials.
  • Written communication skills to develop professional correspondence that is free of grammatical and punctuation errors.
  • Ability to handle inquiries from elected officials, the public and other city departments effectively and with tact.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to make presentations to diverse groups and to effectively communicate technical information.
  • Commitment to providing the greatest positive impact on daily life in Milwaukee.


Judgement and Responsibility

  • Knowledge of project management principles, including 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 analyze and evaluate information to solve problems.
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion acumen and the ability to consider policy and projects from an equity lens.

Current Salary

The current salary range (2IN) is $71,323 - $81,844 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $73,463 - $84,300 annually. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.  An individual possessing a Professional Engineer License to be paid an additional 3%.



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: an evaluation of related education, experience and accomplishments, written tests, interview, or other assessment methods.  The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral, performance tests or personal interviews. Information from the selection process will be used to make a hiring decision. Selected candidates will be transferred and/or promoted to the position.


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.  


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