Recruitment #2310-7569DC-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 charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight 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.


NOTE: On a weekly basis, applications received will be reviewed and the names of qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring department for immediate further consideration.


The Elevator Inspector 3 conducts inspections of passenger and freight elevators, chair lifts, accessible lifts, escalators, moving walks, and dumbwaiters. These inspections take place in commercial and industrial buildings to ensure that equipment installed in the City of Milwaukee complies with federal, state, and local codes. Inspection work includes testing elevators and reviewing plans or specifications for new or existing elevator installations.

Essential Functions

Elevator Inspection

  • Research the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Administrative Code Relating to Elevators, Escalators and Lift Devices, and the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances to determine compliance.
  • Inspect new or existing elevators, escalators, moving walks, moving ramps, dumbwaiters, and other types of passenger and freight elevators to ensure compliance with the applicable codes.
  • Identify faulty or inadequate construction methods or code violations during on-site inspections.
  • Supervise drop tests of safety devices under the direction of the Wisconsin DSPS on all elevators, as required by the State Elevator Code.
  • Witness safety, load, and speed tests on passenger and freight elevators.
  • Review plans and approve permit applications for new elevators or modifications to existing elevators.
  • Prepare testimony and testify in municipal court against owners of buildings for failure to correct violations of the code.
  • Prepare testimony and testify at the City of Milwaukee Standards and Appeals Commission meetings for orders that are appealed.
  • Maintain accurate records of inspections, including detailed reports on complaints and rejections.
  • Ensure that each contractor obtains proper permit(s).
  • Ensure that all documents and test forms are in the elevator machine room.

Customer Service/Interpersonal

  • Advise owners, contractors, builders, architects, and other elevator installation personnel of modifications necessary for elevators to become compliant with current regulations.
  • Explain code violations and other issues to owners of buildings, business representatives, and professionals.
  • Draft and send to owners legally enforceable orders to correct conditions in cases of noncompliance.
  • Investigate and resolve referrals and service requests from residents, alderpersons, and representatives of other departments.

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 Elevator Inspector 3 must have the following physical abilities:

  • Physical ability to climb ladders and to ride on top of elevator cars.
  • Ability to lift and move objects weighing up to 30 lbs. without assistance; ability to carry and transport job-related tools and equipment to the inspection site.
  • Ability to use tools and devices related to elevator and escalator inspection.
  • Required pre-employment tests include:
  • Physical Exam with lift test
  • Vision Exam
  • Audio-Gram
  • Drug Screen - Non-DOT

Minimum Requirements

1. Four years of experience in the mechanical and/or electrical aspects in the elevator industry and is a person deemed to meet the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1 Code definition of “elevator personnel” * (see below) and has documented training AND at least one year of experience performing inspections and performing or witnessing tests as specified in ASME A17.1 Sections 8.10 or 8.11 and A18.1. This year may be concurrent with the four years of experience.


Two years of college coursework in an elevator industry related engineering field AND at least one year of experience performing inspections and performing or witnessing tests as specified in ASME A17.1 Sections 8.10 or 8.11 and A18.1.


Meet the definition of “elevator personnel” * (see below) and have documented training AND at least one year of experience performing inspections and performing or witnessing tests as specified in ASME A17.1 and A18.1 as one of the following:

a) an Elevator Inspector performing inspections for an enforcing authority, OR

b) an Elevator Inspector trainee working under the direct supervision of an Elevator Inspector performing inspections for an enforcing authority, OR

c) an Elevator Inspector performing inspections and licensed by or under the jurisdiction of an enforcing authority, OR

d) an Elevator Inspector trainee licensed by or working under the direct supervision of a licensed Elevator Inspector performing inspections and working under the jurisdiction of an enforcing authority.

*Persons deemed to meet the ASME A17.1 Code definition of “elevator personnel” are described as “Persons who have been trained in the construction, maintenance, repair, inspection, or testing of equipment.”


2. Certification by ASME as a QEI-1 Elevator Inspector at the time of appointment and throughout employment.


3. Possession of a State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Elevator Inspector License at the time of appointment and throughout employment. For more information on how to obtain this credential, call 608-266-2112, email DspsSbCredentialing@wi.gov, or visit http://dsps.wi.gov/Home.

4. Valid driver’s license and availability of a properly insured automobile at the time of appointment and throughout employment; private auto allowance may be paid pursuant to Section 350-183 of the Milwaukee Code.


NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of elevator and escalator construction practices, techniques, and materials.
  • Knowledge of elevator and escalator safety, load, speed, and drop tests.
  • Knowledge of the inspection methods for elevators and escalators and related conveyances (i.e., chair lifts, accessible lifts, moving walks, and dumbwaiters).
  • Ability to perform inspections of elevators and related conveyances to ensure code compliance.
  • Skill in reading and recognizing violations of applicable elevator and escalator federal, state, and municipal codes.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting working drawings, plans, blueprints, and specifications.
  • Skill in preparing analytical reports on compliance with standards and code.
  • Ability to maintain detailed records.

Interpersonal and Judgment

  • Ability to plan and organize work to meet departmental needs.
  • Verbal communications skills to clearly and accurately share information and respond to inquiries and complaints.
  • Written communication skills to prepare correspondence and reports.
  • Customer service skills to interact with residents and business owners.
  • Ability to work courteously, cooperatively, and effectively with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to diffuse difficult situations.

Current Salary

The current salary range (Pay Range 7LN) is $96,590-$118,565 annually, and the resident incentive salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $99,488-$122,122 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
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 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 https://city.milwaukee.gov/der/benefits.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of education, experience and/or responses to supplemental questions; a written or performance test, a structured interview or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to structured interviews and performance examinations. Structured interviews may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.


This is a continuous recruitment. Applications will be accepted and the selection process will be held during 2023 as often as required to meet the needs of the City. Qualified applicants will be notified by email of the date, time and place of the selection process components.


Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative selection process dates or times. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.


The names of successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list in a rank determined by the final score without reference to the date of the selection process. The names of candidates who pass all phases of the selection process may remain on an eligible list resulting from a continuous examination for up to six months. Candidates may apply for and participate in the selection process for this position only once every six months.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting www.jobapscloud.com/MIL.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov.
  • The Department of Employee Relations is 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.