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We build the barely possible to overcome the barely solvable.

First Mode helps companies, governments, and individuals tackle the problems that matter in the most extreme environments no matter what—or where—they might be.

Problems we solve

We’ve been building creative solutions at the intersection of several industries, including:

Clean energy

If the push for sustainability is going to have an impact, we’re going to need to go big. How big? Well, we thought we’d start with powering a colossal mining truck with hydrogen fuel cells, and go from there. Here’s how it happened.

If the push for sustainability is going to have an impact, we’re going to need to go big. How big? Well, we thought we’d start with powering a colossal mining truck with hydrogen fuel cells, and go from there. Here’s how it happened.

Vehicle systems

The Baja 1000 is one of the most difficult and prestigious off-road races in the world. No electric contender has ever completed the race. We thought, “Isn’t that a shame?” And then we got to work.

The Baja 1000 is one of the most difficult and prestigious off-road races in the world. No electric contender has ever completed the race. We thought, “Isn’t that a shame?” And then we got to work.

Constrained environments

No planet has captured human attention quite like Mars. But despite all we’ve learned, there are secrets about the Red Planet that still evade us. Did—or could—Mars support life? We’ll continue to play our part in finding out.

No planet has captured human attention quite like Mars. But despite all we’ve learned, there are secrets about the Red Planet that still evade us. Did—or could—Mars support life? We’ll continue to play our part in finding out.

We’re hiring a Battery Systems Engineer and more.

Join our team and help us build the barely possible.

Capabilities

How we do it

Before you solve a problem, you have to name it. First Mode begins with root-cause identification and customer-centric problem definition. In short, we help our clients articulate their problem in order to ensure we’re solving for the correct issue. From there, we work closely with our clients to define concepts from architecture all the way to final build and testing.

Explore

Leave no stone unturned. First Mode is well-versed in (but does not rely upon) conventional methodology. We thoroughly interrogate the articulated problem in order to understand not only the present issue, but also the present opportunities.

TASKS:

Problem definition

Concept & architecture

Solve

Our diverse teams of engineers, designers, and scientists work in a highly-collaborative environment to design a solution that satisfies all requirements. With an integrated approach from beginning to end, we move seamlessly from design to prototyping.

TASKS:

Detailed design & analysis

Build

Engineer

With the solution in hand, we set about making it come to life. We have decades of experience integrating large-scale, complex systems on Earth and beyond. Through rigorous testing, we verify performance safety for mission-critical systems.

TASKS:

Integration

Testing

We’re always looking for new challenges!

Contact us to see how we can transform your business.

Facilities

Today, First Mode houses its growing global team in two primary locations – Seattle and Perth.

Seattle is First Mode’s first home, with two downtown locations comprising more than 40,000 square feet of creative engineering space. The dedicated, reconfigurable lab houses prototyping, build and testing space as well as an eclectic collection of Star Wars memorabilia.

A recognized international hub for the resources industry, Perth was an obvious second market location for First Mode. The Australian office, team and offering serves as a natural, kinetic extension of First Mode’s work to help drive sustainability and transformation within the mining, resources, and energy industries.