Mark is a member of the hardware team in Nuclear, where the projects are diverse and a wide array of different equipment is used which naturally demands a solid understanding of how our work will operate with existing infrastructure. He has been working at Capula for just over a year, starting a couple of weeks after graduating University.
When did you start working at Capula and what is your role?
Capula approached me during a presentation of my final year product at university and invited me to come look around the premises, I was very impressed with the business and took the opportunity to start my career at Capula. As a Hardware Engineer, I design nuclear control systems; I am responsible for both producing technical drawings for our clients and assembling the documentation for the systems I design.
Has the company supported you in gaining any qualifications?
Capula have sent me on numerous courses in my first year including a graduate training course which I will complete in September. I have also been on more technical courses such as an AutoCAD course and the 17th edition wiring regulation course. Whilst at Capula I have also become a STEM ambassador, which involves visiting local schools and discussing the prospect of a career in Engineering and Technology to High school pupils.
Describe a typical day in your current role?
A normal day usually consists of working on a technical drawing or document for a project, the projects vary in scope and purpose so there is always something new to learn.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of your role?
The most fulfilling aspect I’ve experienced so far is designing my own Server cubicle from scratch, completing its documentation and then seeing my design progress from drawings to shipment to site.
If you met a potential employee, what would you tell them about why you enjoy working for Capula?
Capula are great to work for because they actively promote an environment of learning in the workplace where questions are always encouraged. They also invest in their staff in terms of offering various training courses, as well as giving employees the option of choosing their own course if they believe it would be beneficial.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read a broad variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. I follow current events and am interested in politics. I am also currently learning French.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
My favourite piece of technology would be the PC I built in 2010. I researched the parts, assembled the PC and installed the software. The PC has found various uses over the past eight years, from video games to university work to media server and so on. I’ve also been able to upgrade it with new pieces of hardware to keep it up to date and fast.
Why did you pursue a career in Engineering?
Whilst at college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but I did know that I was interested in electronics—I used to take the family computer apart, just so I could put it back together again after…!
I also enjoyed the sense of creativity that electronics can give you, whether writing code or soldering circuitry, nothing has ever satisfied me as much as seeing something I have made come to life before me. As I learned, I became more able—I would become comfortable with evermore complex systems which naturally increased the satisfaction I felt when I made things. This sense of satisfaction pushed me to pursue projects that would help people somehow, whether repairing a friend’s computer or making a weather station for my mum, I knew that I wanted to make things that could help people and I knew the best way I could do this was by enrolling for a degree in Electrical Engineering.