Jess Banks

Jess is one of our Nuclear Engineers and has been working at Capula for nearly 3 years. She is actively involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) throughout Capula helping in schools to show children what Engineering is all about and teaching them who Capula are.

 

When did you start working at Capula and what is your role?

I started at Capula in October 2013 as a Trainee Engineer as part of my Year Placement at Uni. I then left in September 2014 to complete my degree.

I returned to Capula November 2015 as a Graduate Engineer in the Nuclear Department. In January I became an Engineer.  I am actively involved in STEM throughout Capula helping in schools to show children what STEM/Engineering is all about and teaching them who Capula are.

Describe a typical day in your current role?

Something I really enjoy about my job is that no day is the same here! I am currently a training co-coordinator for a customer, so I am researching dates and costings for a list of courses that they have already provided. From here I liaise with the customer and the training provider to make sure that all the appropriate staff are available on the specific dates then I obtain financial confirmation and get the course booked.

But other times I’m a SCADA Engineer, creating objects to go on mimics and the mimics themselves. Also testing any code that has been created so make sure it is fit for purpose. It all depends what projects are running at what times.

What is the most fulfilling aspect of your role?

Learning new things. My background is in Digital Forensics so nothing to do with engineering which has allowed me to learn lots while on the job and improve in the workplace.

If you met a potential employee, what would you tell them about why you enjoy working for Capula?

Capula is a friendly place to work and they are willing to help you improve and progress within the company. This is key when you come in through a Graduate/Trainee route.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I volunteer as Social Media and Communications Officer for my local Rugby Team (St Leonard’s RUFC). I enjoy watching my partner play rugby, it’s like having a family away from home. I have 2 pet rats call Kit and Kat and I enjoy spending time with them. I’m also a bit of a geek and like playing on my PlayStation 4!

Why did you pursue a career in Engineering?

I never thought Engineering was a career I would enjoy. I was offered a placement job with Capula for a year and enjoyed it so much that I came back after I graduated University. I have been here ever since, still enjoying it and learning new and exciting things every day.

Jess picture far right assisting with the 2018 Young Engineer of the Year car build project!