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Lead Design Engineer, Vehicle Systems

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 Lead Design Engineer will be responsible for the development of our vehicle system retrofit packages for our ultra-class haul truck hydrogen fuel cell powerplants.  They will be working with the Systems Engineers and Mechanical Engineers to bring together a very complex vehicle system in our CAD/CAE and PLM software tools. They will lead the rest of the design team in the organization and integration of various subassemblies and the management of key drawing order and creation. They will work as an example to both design engineers and other mechanical systems engineers on the team and in the department.

Position Responsibilities

  • Leading the design and configuration of the vehicle systems powerplant and platform
  • Working with the Chief Mechanical Engineer on the haul truck system to bring the designs to reality
  • Leading the design team and mechanical engineers to create and integrate the CAD elements and assemblies into the top-level vehicle design
  • Maintain the configuration and release cadence in support of key milestones and branches of design options
  • Conduct trade studies with the Chief Mechanical Engineer to support system-level and subsystem optimization work
  • Vehicle System Drawing / Assembly tree creation and maintenance
  • Mentor and guide the engineering team in proper design practices

Basic Qualifications

  • B.S. Degree in Engineering 
  • 7+ years of experience in Design of mechanical systems 
  • 5+ years Lead CAD/CAE experience in maintaining configuration and integrating the work of teams of design engineers

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to lead a multi-functional design team in the creation and evolution of complex mechanical systems hardware 
  • Experience leading and configuring vehicle system designs including systems trade studies and branching of options
  • Interface drawing creation and maintenance is a strong plus
  • Full life cycle design support from concept to prototype to production is a strong plu
  • CAD/CAE experience in NX/TeamCenter is a strong plus 

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.