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Vehicle Mechanical Systems 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.

This Mechanical Systems Engineer will assist the chief mechanical engineer of the Mining Truck Platform in the configuration and design development of our power plant systems in various vehicle models for retrofit. They will evaluate feasibility of packaging, interfaces, and differences from platform to platform to implement a successful balance of power plant for each. Their strong mechanical systems knowledge and experience will be keys to success in working with our multi-disciplinary systems engineering teams.

Position Responsibilities

  • Be a technical expert on the vehicle platforms to which we will apply our power plant systems
  • Characterize physical aspects of the vehicle, components, and systems to support power plant packaging and structural analysis
  • Support the modification of the vehicle platform and design adaptive components to facilitate the installation of our power plant system 
  • Support full vehicle and platform component testing at our proving grounds and at third party labs to validate our designs and support ongoing development

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Thermal, Aerospace, or Systems Engineering
  • 5+ years’ experience in applications of mechanical engineering discipline
  • Must have experience in mechanical hardware design and analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in configuration design of complex systems is a strong plus
  • Experience in interface development with internal design work and external or vendor-provided designs 
  • Work with 3D CAD programs (NX preferred)
  • Experience in working with 3D scans of hardware is a plus 
  • Experience delivering a hardware and/or system design through its full life cycle – from concept through development and deployment – is a strong plus 

Additional Requirements

  • Some travel may be required to support systems deployed in the field as well as to support vendor interfaces
  • As a support engineer, may be required to climb ladders and stairs on the systems equipment during evaluation, assembly, and once deployed in the field


  • 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.