BC's Technology Professionals

Technologists, technicians and technical specialists achieve professional recognition through the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC). The eighth largest self-regulating association in BC, ASTTBC has registered 10,000 Technology Professionals.

Technologists, technicians and technical specialists work in applied science technology fields such as architecture, bio-medical engineering, building, civil, electrical, electronics, environmental, fire protection, house inspection, information, mechanical, onsite wastewater and other related disciplines tied to the built and natural environment.

These Technology Professionals design, construct, inspect, test, maintain and manage most of the world around us including buildings, computers, electrical power, all manner of equipment, roads, environment, and water and wastewater systems. They work in private enterprise, for consulting engineering and technology companies, in all levels of government and as private consultants.

Technology Professionals enjoy stimulating and rewarding careers often involving a combination of inside work including design and project management as well as on-site field work. They are in high demand, even when the economy is slow. Technology Professionals' compensation varies, ranging from salaries of $60,000 to $125,000 and more, plus benefits. There are great opportunities for under-represented groups including women (currently 10% of the technology work force) and First Nations.

More than 30 Years Serving BC Under the ASTT Act

British Columbia conferred the status of a self-governing professional association on its technologists and technicians when the legislature passed the ASTT Act in 1985. The Act signaled a fundamental step on the journey from society initially formed in 1958 by a few visionaries to the fully-fledged professional association that is the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC. In 2010, the 25th anniversary of the ASTT Act, ASTTBC registered more than 9,500 technologists, technicians and technical specialists working in the vanguard of technology in all corners of BC. As of the 2013 Annual General Meeting this May, our active membership will number more than 10,000.

BC Government Offers Support to Young Entrepreneurs

The BC government is investing in emerging business leaders with new funding to expand a successful Futurpreneur program that offers business skills and coaching for young entrepreneurs launching new small businesses.

The government is providing $50,000 to Futurpreneur so it can expand its reach by offering Rock My Business Plan workshops in Prince George, Nanaimo and Kelowna. The curriculum of the one-day sessions will be tailored to the participants with personal coaching for business planning and marketing.

"ASTTBC applauds Government's support for the Futurpreneur program and plans to point ASTTBC members to this organization and their offerings," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech. "ASTTBC is working with the BC Government Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction to put together a report on ASTTBC members involved with small and medium sized enterprises. We will also work with Small Business BC to make their many services and programs available to ASTTBC members."

TPC Needs Your Input on Technical Disciplines

ASTTBC, in conjunction with Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) and its Member Associations from Ontario (OACETT), Saskatchewan (SASTT) and Alberta (ASET), is asking for your input on a study of Technical Disciplines.

In an effort to understand the value that industry and professionals hold for specific certification and where new disciplines are needed - we are asking for YOUR participation in this important survey.

The goal is to obtain stakeholder feedback to understand the value they hold for specific certifications, where new disciplines are needed to reflect emerging technologies and, alternatively, whether a professional designation without an associated technology would be sufficient to meet market needs. We encourage our Members to share this survey with their employers.

"As the technology sector continues to grow & prosper in the province of BC, it is critical that ASTTBC supports the advancement of current and future disciplines to meet the needs of technology professionals and industry" stated ASTTBC CEO, John Leech, AScT, CAE. He went on to say "With the participation from our Members and stakeholders in this survey we hope a clear picture will emerge that will lead technology professionals into the future".

The survey closes end of business day March 1st, 2016.

Don't delay...your feedback is important!

To participate in the SURVEY

2016 January eNews Now Available Online!

ASTTBC’s monthly eNewsletter is now available online for our Members to review. As well as up to date articles regarding Association activities, we have snippets from our Members and stakeholders. There are featured job postings from ASTTBC’s TechJOBS website and CPD opportunities.

Keep in touch with YOUR Association!


ASTTBC Registrar Appointed Chair of Technology Accreditation Canada Standards Council

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) has adopted the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC) as its official standard for accrediting engineering technology and applied science programs. The withdrawal of associations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario from the Canadian Council of Technologists and Technicians (CCTT) and subsequent rejection of Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accreditation standards and procedures, led to the formation of Technology Professionals Canada (TPC) and the desire for a new accreditation model and standards.

The purpose of the TAC Standards Council (SC) is to ensure the appropriate development and maintenance of national standards used for accrediting education programs and supporting the Provincial Association (PA) participation in the accreditation process. The SC also serves as a conduit for information and issues related to the updating and development of the national standards. The SC consists of the Registrar from each TPC province, one representative of educational institutions and the TAC Executive Director. The ASTTBC Registrar, Charles Joyner, AScT is the Chair of the SC for a two-year term ending in June 2017. Yvonne Moritz, Dean of Science, Technology and Health at Okanagan College is the educational institution representative. 

For further INFORMATION on TAC and the Standards Council

BCEA Annual Awards Luncheon

Jason Jung, AScT, Manager Professional Practice & Development, ASTTBC & Barbette Ishii, CAE,President & CEO, Electrical Association of BC

ASTTBC recently sponsored and attended the BC Electrical Association (BCEA) Annual Awards & Holiday Luncheon held at the Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre.

It was a great opportunity to network with industry colleagues as well as recognize the BCEA’s award winners and alumni inductees. To support charity, the BCEA donated proceeds from the luncheon to the BC Easter Seals to support its summer camps.

ASTTBC congratulates the BCEA Board and its President & CEO Barbette Ishii on their successful event!

ASTTBC Hits the Newswire – Looming Labour Market Supply Challenges

ASTTBC in collaboration with three other Associations; Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC), Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC BC) and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (APGST) took part in a recent study of future labour market supply challenges for engineers, geoscientists, technologists and technicians.

The study, titled Engineers, Geoscientists, Technologists and Technicians Labour Market Information, is part of a jointly funded initiative to provide important supply and demand information on 31 occupations in B.C. The study looks at Northern B.C., Southeast B.C., Vancouver Island/Coast, Lower Mainland, and B.C. as a whole. "In the near term and continuing over the next decade B.C. will need technology skills in industry sectors directly tied to the province's economic productivity, growth and innovation," said John Leech, Chief Executive Officer, ASTTBC. "The partners who produced this study are committed to working collaboratively with industry and government to address imminent skills gaps in order to create a vibrant B.C. labour supply of the future."

To read the complete WIRESTORY or to access the complete STUDY released today

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