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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineering · Seattle, Washington

First Mode is a carbon reduction company developing creative, clean energy solutions for heavy industry’s toughest problems.

We hope you’ll join us in building a brighter future for people and planet.

The Senior Mechanical Engineer will build the initial concepts and preliminary designs for the fleet truck mechanical systems to support the deployment to each platform and program mine site. This person will establish the larger team structure and work as the lead of that system, representing it to the rest of the company.

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible and accountable for the Mechanical Engineering deliverables for the Fleet Truck project 
  • Fleet Truck Mechanical Systems team leadership and mentorship 
  • Design and manage the configuration of the Fleet Truck platform and conduct subsystems and system-level trades 
  • Interface with Internal Products and LH2 to determine the structural and mass implications of different generations of products 
  • Evaluating and prioritizing design of common elements among 930E-4, 930E-5, 830E-1AC, 830E-5 platforms 
  • Responsible for tasking and prioritizing work to the discipline engineers along with review / approval of Mechanical Engineering drawings and analysis packages 
  • Define and manage interfaces for Haul Truck Systems and critical subsystems components

Basic Qualifications

  • 10+ years of overall industry experience 
  • 7+ years of experience in a leadership position 
  • 7+ years of experience with CAD software packages and mechanical design 
  • 7+ years of experience in life-cycle development of mechanical system hardware within a complex system or product 
  • 10+ years of hands-on experience with hardware design, prototyping, fabrication, and assembly 
  • 7+ years of experience in GD&T application on design drawings 
  • Demonstrated understanding of mechanical systems fundamentals and application of these to the design process

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven experience successfully leading and mentoring engineering teams 
  • Experience in static, dynamic, and/or thermal analysis of mechanical systems 
  • Experience in design for durability given lifetime requirements 
  • Proficiency in NX CAD and TeamCenter tools or other PDM/PLM systems 
  • Experience delivering a multi-functional product to production scale 
  • Experience in any of FEMAP, NX 3D Structures, MATLAB, LabVIEW, Python, or wiki documentation 
  • A knack for thinking about how the parts of a system work together 
  • Ability to write and speak clearly about technical subject matter 
  • Comfortable operating in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

Additional Requirements

  • Occasional travel within the United States and internationally to represent First Mode to its customers, vendors, and partners and to coordinate with the FM Team in Australia


  • This position will be located at First Mode’s headquarters in Seattle, WA and will be required to work in office >60% of working hours

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive compensation and bonus structure
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Flexible PTO with 12 week supplementary paid parental leave
  • 401(k) retirement account with a discretionary employer match
  • Commuter benefits (parking and public transportation)
  • A culture that encourages professional growth with learning and development reimbursements
  • Open and collaborative workspaces with free office snacks and lunches
  • Hybrid work model


First Mode is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with First Mode is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.