Recruitment #2202-1814-001


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 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.


As the principal Construction Engineer, the Civil Engineer III works with the Field Engineer to advise the Harbor Engineer and to maintain a high-quality engineering unit.

Essential Functions

Project Development and Planning

  • Conduct analysis of project engineering requirements and planning for fulfillment of those requirements.
  • Evaluate and recommend proposed and current Port engineering and operations projects,
  • Coordinate construction projects with tenants, contractors, utilities and other outside agencies.
  • Prepare and review designs, plans, specifications, bid documents, and change orders, for harbor facility projects.
  • Conduct routine inspection and reporting of ongoing projects and contracts, including grant and permit requirements.
  • Review non-harbor engineering projects for impact upon harbor property and operations.


Harbor Construction and Surveying

  • Exercise authority over and assume responsibility for all harbor field engineering and construction operations.
  • Responsible for administration and performance of contractors and for the recommendation of final acceptance or rejection of their work to the Board of Harbor Commissioners.
  • Oversee and conduct survey operations to establish dock lines; provide construction contract surveys/staking; compute and describe leased areas, dock line changes, or variances; establish lease lines; and compute dredging quantities.
  • Gather “as-built” data required for permanent departmental records.
  • Compute quantities for grading, excavation, and fill; take soundings in rivers and at harbor docks.


Harbor Engineering Administration

  • Advise the Harbor Engineer on the status of current Port Milwaukee engineering construction projects and related grants.
  • Provide training to employees assigned to work in the Harbor Engineering section.


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

Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy here.

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 municipal civil engineering infrastructure project design and delivery.
  3. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.
  4. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) upon appointment. NOTE: To obtain a TWIC, an individual must provide biographic and biometric information such as fingerprints, sit for a digital photograph, and successfully pass a security threat assessment conducted by TSA. To learn more, visit


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 date the degree was completed.  Student copies are acceptable.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Professional Engineer (PE) License.
  • Experience in municipal railroad and maritime civil engineering projects.
  • Experience with grant‑funded projects.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology, including railroad and dock wall design criteria and construction methods.
  • Knowledge of project design and construction management requirements, including materials and methods involved in the repair or construction of civil engineering projects.
  • 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 Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as MicroStation, ArcGIS, and 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, city ordinances and budget documents.


Communication and Interpersonal

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


Judgment and Responsibility

  • Organizational and time management skills to be able to prioritize work, adjust to changing deadlines, and achieve objectives on time.
  • Knowledge of project management principles and the 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 (Pay Range 2IN) is $72,749-$83,481 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $74,931-$85,986 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 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 in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


EEO Code = 201

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