Recruitment #2109-1813-002


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 II is the principal design engineer for Port Milwaukee and is responsible for the design and specification of dock walls, piers, roadways and pavement, dredging, railroad track, buildings, utilities and other harbor-related facilities.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare engineering studies, estimates and reports, including conducting any necessary research.
  • Prepare designs and specifications pertaining to harbor structures and facilities.
  • Serve as an inspector on phases of construction of harbor facilities where detailed engineering knowledge is necessary.
  • Assist in the regular functions of a field engineer, including inspecting harbor facilities; surveying; checking lease descriptions and soundings; establishing dock lines and determining dock line revisions.
  • Gather data and prepare reports required for budget estimates.
  • Review private dock construction plans and inspect private dock construction for the City permit program in accordance with Chapter 118 of the City Code of Ordinances.
  • Inspect City-owned and private dock walls within the navigable reaches of the river and canal system, as well as the inner and outer harbor.
  • Prepare engineering designs and plans using design software and drawing tools, such as Micro station.
  • Make recommendations for maintenance or repair of physical facilities.
  • Train division staff on related computer program operations.


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 an accredited school of engineering.

2.     One year of full-time professional civil engineering experience performing related functions.


3.     Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.


4.     Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) within six months of 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 or sent via email to 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 degree completion date. Student copies are acceptable.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience with design-build of infrastructure projects (new or rehabilitation), engineering and construction, capital improvements, and/or long-term maintenance service contracts.
  • Experience with design-build environmental, sediment removal and storage, civil works, navigation and/or aquatic ecosystem restoration projects, engineering and construction, capital improvements, and/or long-term maintenance contracts.
  • Successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and Engineer-in-Training (EIT) status.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology.
  • Knowledge of job-related mathematics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and the ability to make accurate calculations.
  • Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, and their interrelationships and application to understanding fluid dynamics.
  • Ability to prepare engineering plans using design software and drawing tools such as Micro station.
  • Skill in the use of computer software, such as Microsoft Office and Micro station.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules and technical materials. 


Communication and Interpersonal

  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary staff, the public, various City of Milwaukee officials, and other agencies.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals at all levels inside and outside the organization
  • 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 free of grammatical and punctuation errors.


Judgment and Responsibility

  • Listening and problem solving skills to gather information and make informed decisions.  
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate information to solve problems.
  • Skill in making effective decisions.
  • Ability to perform work duties with professionalism, honesty, and integrity.
  • Ability to efficiently plan and coordinate work.

Current Salary

The current starting salary range (PR 2GN) is $64,839 - $72,063 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $66,784 - $74,225. 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

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

  • 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