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From the depths of the Earth to the far reaches of outer space, we build the barely possible.

First Mode is a creative engineering company meeting humanity’s challenges and opportunities—wherever we find them.

What we do

We design and deliver resilient, reliable solutions for technology’s most demanding frontiers, including clean energy, planetary exploration, and sustainable transportation systems.

What is first Mode?
A Better Understanding of the Surface of Mars, Thanks to the Goniometer
Field Notes

A Better Understanding of the Surface of Mars, Thanks to the Goniometer

February 15, 2021
In October 2019, we announced that First Mode and Western Washington University were awarded a NASA contract to develop technology for geological research.
Join our team

This world’s problems are too complex and unpredictable to be solved with a siloed mindset.

That’s why we’ve assembled a team with deep and diverse experience who share a passion for solving difficult problems across a variety of industries including space, mining, and transportation.

Our team is growing quickly. We’re hiring all kinds of engineers, scientists, and more…we’d hire a juggler if the problem calls for it. If you believe the fight for a better world is just getting started, join us to meet the unknown together.

Who we are

First Mode was founded with the belief that it’s not too late to make good.

We’re a forward-thinking team of engineers, scientists, dreamers, movers and shakers. We come from different backgrounds, different disciplines, and different walks of life, but we’re united in one belief: fighting for a better world is worth it.

A Better Understanding of the Surface of Mars, Thanks to the Goniometer
First Mode Welcomes Patti Grace Smith Fellows
First Mode’s Elizabeth Frank Discusses NASA’s Artemis Program on FEDtalk
Geek of the Week: Kathleen Hoza’s on- and off-Earth curiosity fuels science work at First Mode
In the press

International Mining: Anglo American and First Mode solving mining’s haul truck power problem

Jul 12, 2021

International Mining editorial director Paul Moore recently spent time with First Mode’s Chris Voorhees to learn about our work for Anglo American, which will result in one of the largest fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on Earth.

We’re hiring a Battery Systems Engineer and more.

Join our team and help us build the barely possible.