Staff Electrical engineer [JOB 203]

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 new early career members to its electrical systems team that have strong capabilities for working these types of problems within a constrained, fast-paced environment. Applicants from all industries are welcome, with particular emphasis in complex, multi-disciplinary system developments. 

Position Responsibilities

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

  • Able to contribute across major domains of electrical engineering, such as power, digital, embedded, and control.

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

  • Develop electrical system products and systems 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


  • BS or higher-level degree in electrical engineering or similar field

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

  • Thorough understanding of electronic systems and component materials

  • Proficient in electrical circuit analysis and analytical tools 

  • Proficient in Altium Designer or similar ECAD tools

  • Good systems thinking

  • Capacity to analyze a problem from multiple perspectives and explore creative solutions

  • 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 careers@firstmode.com with “Job 203” 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.