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Test Controls Engineer

Development Infrastructure · 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 Test Controls Engineer will support the test engineering group in the development and commissioning of unique R&D and production infrastructure as well as take ownership in the continued improvement, modification, and process improvements. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Work with the Principal Integration Engineer to finalize design and programming of control systems
  • Support the commissioning of industrial control systems and human machine interfaces for test and production operations
  • Perform functional safety calculations
  • Work with engineers, technicians, and vendors to assemble control systems enclosures and field wiring
  • Communicate key milestones and deliverables to stakeholders

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience with industrial control systems
  • 5+ years of proven experience in reading and understanding process and instrumentation diagrams
  • 5+ years of experience with functional safety systems

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of electrical and/or controls engineering fundamentals
  • Experience with functional safety calculations
  • Experience with Beckhoff TwinCAT 3 is highly advantageous
  • Experience with NX CAD and Teamcenter PLM systems, but not required

Additional Requirements

  • Occasional travel within the United States and internationally to represent First Mode to its customers, vendors, and partners


  • 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

Total Rewards

 Base Salary Range: $120,000 - $178,500

     Test Controls Engineer II: $120,000 - $151,500

     Senior Test Controls Engineer I: $141,000 - $178,500


Benefits & Perks

  • Annual bonus incentive
  • Equity-based awards
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • 401(k) retirement account with a 3% employer contribution from the start of employment
  • Flexible PTO with 12 weeks of supplementary paid parental leave
  • Commuter benefits (parking & public transportation)
  • A culture that encourages professional growth with learning and development reimbursements
  • Open and collaborative workspace 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.