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Lead Routing Design Engineer

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 Routing Design Engineer will be responsible for the development of our vehicle system retrofit packages for our ultra-class haul truck hydrogen fuel cell power plants. They will be working with the Systems Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, & Electrical Engineers to bring together a very complex vehicle system in our CAD/CAE and PLM software tools. They will lead the rest of the routing design team in the organization and integration of harnesses and support structure subassemblies and the management of key drawing order and creation. They will work as an example to other engineers on the team and in the department. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Lead the design and configuration of the harness system on the haul truck 
  • Drive integration collaboration by identifying holistic solutions to the mechanical and electrical designs
  • Work with the Vehicle Lead to anticipate dependencies, highlight risks, and ensure the design is feasible
  • Lead the routing 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
  • Harness System Drawing/ Assembly creation and maintenance
  • Guide the engineering team in proper design practices
  • Work closely with the Principal Interconnect Engineer to implement best practices and define what inputs are needed for your team’s success
  • Responsible for successful physical installation of the routed system on the truck
  • Mentor others in component selection for use in power distribution, communication, strain relief, and support brackets

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or related engineering discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 3+ years of experience in Design of mechanical systems and design lifecycles
  • 1+ years in Lead CAD/CAE experience in maintaining configuration and integrating the work of teams of design engineers 
  • 2+ years in interconnect, wiring, routing, harnessing experience
  • 1+ year in field experience
  • 1+ year in manufacturing experience
  • 1+ year of experience in interpreting electrical schematic data into system knowledge

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to lead a multi-functional design team in the creation and evolution of complex hardware  
  • Full life cycle design support from concept to prototype to production is a strong plus
  • CAD/CAE experience in NX/TeamCenter is a strong plus  
  • Hands-on experience with building and troubleshooting harness assemblies

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



Base Salary Range: $120,000 - $191,000

      Lead Routing Design Engineer II: $120,000 - $162,000

      Lead Routing Design Engineer, Senior I: $141,000 - $191,000

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.