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Sr. Systems Engineer

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 a Systems Engineer to join our Proving Grounds team. Proving Grounds- Centralia is a complex system in need of verification, much like the haul trucks it will support. This role will serve as the Lead Systems Engineer of the Proving Grounds Centralia Site and act as the primary technical interface with the Haul Truck Systems and Haul Truck Refueling Systems teams.

Position Responsibilities

  • Identify Centralia functions and/or key infrastructure requirements. 
  • Identify key infrastructure on which FM teams (HTS, HTRS, Marketing, Manufacturing, and others) will rely. 
  • Represent Centralia side of Program-level Interface Control Documents. 
  • Manage Centralia Risk Matrix. 
  • Create & maintain Centralia Verification Plan + Verification Matrix 
  • Write and/or delegate Centralia Test Procedures as necessary. 
  • Provide review to Test Procedures occurring at Centralia but developed by other FM teams (mostly HTS + HTRS), providing the inputs required to dovetail developed test procedures into the PGC facility. 
  • Support the definition of the PGC Site and capabilities, including but not limited to site layout, operational plans, and facility fitout.
  • Coordinate among FM teams to align schedules to find optimal use of limited Centralia resources.
  • Other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science discipline, or similar experience
  • 5+ years of experience in roles requiring system-level, multi-disciplinary thinking, or analogous experience
  • Strong quantitative reasoning skills
  • Strong communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional experience in Systems Engineering (or equivalent) role; job level dependent on experience and qualifications
  • Mining Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering discipline, or equivalent experience
  • Experience with some standard Systems Engineering processes such as requirements management, interface control documentation, and integration and test / V&V principles, etc


  • This position is split between First Mode Seattle HQ & the Centralia Proving Ground; expect to work from Centralia approx. 35-50% time, possibly more if the project stage requires. 



Base Salary Range: $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.