mechanical engineer [JOB 201]

Seattle, WA, United States

First Mode draws on the exceptional talent and creativity of its multidisciplinary team to solve the toughest problems on and off the planet. We help companies, governments, and individuals from the earliest stages of problem definition to prototype creation and demonstration. A continual desire to discover and invent has led our team to drill into the unknown surface of Mars, electrify large industrial equipment, and apply remote sensing technologies to water conservation.

While each project is unique, we typically meld together robotics, automation, systems engineering, modeling and simulation, and advanced fabrication to create a new future across industries. If you have exceptional talent and a vision for the future, we want to talk.

First Mode is seeking to add members to its mechanical systems team that have strong capabilities for working these problems within a constrained, fast-paced environment. Applicants from all industries are welcome, with particular emphasis in mechanical systems developments from complex, multidisciplinary systems.

Position Responsibilities

  • Represent the mechanical systems design team during the early definition and scoping phases of a development effort

  • Research and develop mechanical system solutions designed to work within larger, multi-disciplinary systems

  • Develop structures, mechanisms, and thermal system elements to solve customer challenges, and see these elements through build, test, integration, and operation

  • Develop specifications for project partners or vendors, then assist in the management and delivery of these external efforts

  • Willingness to travel within the United States and internationally to represent First Mode to its customers, vendors, and partners


  • Demonstrated experience in life-cycle development of mechanical system hardware within a complex system or product

  • Demonstrated understanding of mechanical systems fundamentals and application of these to the design process

  • Solid mechanical and/or thermal design and analytical skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency in hands-on hardware design, prototyping, fabrication, and assembly 

  • Experience with CAD in a cooperative, collaborative environment

  • Experience in static, dynamic, and/or thermal analysis of mechanical systems

  • Preferred proficiency in SolidWorks CAD tools

  • Experience in FEMAP, Thermal Desktop, MATLAB, LabVIEW, Python, and wiki documentation

  • Experience with structural and dynamic testing 

  • Good systems thinking

  • Ability to write and speak clearly about technical subject matter

  • Flexibility and responsiveness in a fast-paced, dynamic, small team environment


  • This position will be located at First Mode’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington


  • Applicants must be eligible for employment within the United States of America

Apply or ask a question: Please e-mail your resume (and cover letter if you’d like) to with “Job 201” in the subject line.

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.