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Systems Engineer - Controls and Fault Management

Systems 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.

First Mode is seeking to add a Systems Engineer to support behavior definition and fault management on our Haul Truck Systems team. In this role, you will have an opportunity to become  knowledgeable about how all aspects of our haul trucks work and will be directly responsible for successful delivery of complex systems. Applicants from all industries are welcome, with particular emphasis in complex, multi-disciplinary system developments.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop system behaviors and define modes of operation
  • Support subsystem product owners in definition of subsystem concept of operations 
  • Identify and capture system and component fault conditions
  • Define fault responses
  • Communicate requirements to embedded software teams and other stakeholders
  • Develop verification and test plans to support software and system verification testing

Basic Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in life-cycle development of hardware for a safety-critical system or product
  • Experience working with avionics systems, embedded electronics, automotive systems or industrial controls
  • Experience with fundamental analysis and/or fault management
  • Familiarity with FMEA / FMECA analysis
  • Experience with system verification planning and testing
  • Ability to write and speak clearly about a technical subject matter
  • Flexibility and responsiveness in a fast-paced, dynamic, small team environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years of professional experience in a Systems Engineering (or equivalent) role; job level dependent on experience and qualifications
  • Experience defining system autonomy or automated operations
  • Experience identifying states and modes for complex systems
  • Experience working fluid, thermal, or other mechanical systems
  • Experience working with safety critical systems in industrial, automotive, aircraft, space or mining industries

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in a science or engineering discipline or equivalent experience 


  • 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: 

Systems Engineer II: $120,000 - $162,000


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.