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


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

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