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.

UnTapped 2016: Tapping into Talent

Recently ASTTBC contributed to the Untapped Series: Tapping into Talent session, a solution-focused panel session exploring creative recruitment tactics for accessing traditionally untapped talent pools.

ASTTBC was included as a business leader at this Open Door Group sponsored event and asked to share their success and challenges in attracting diverse talent from millennials to Aboriginal workers, from women to new immigrants to the field of technology professionals.

At the session, participants heard an engaging panel of industry professionals speak on a variety of topics, which ranged from how to seek out and recruit diverse talent, to what to look for in a prospective candidate, to candidate engagement best practices.

“All of us have a role to play when it comes to tapping into talent. We know the benefits of a diverse workforce, but more importantly we know we’re facing a talent shortage. If we don’t think outside the box now, we won’t be able to maintain our success.” -Panel Moderator, Malinee Narang, Senior Human Resources Partner, SAP Canada

ASTTBC encourages employer members to LEARN MORE about tapping into untapped talent!

Patrick Cochrane, AScT - Volunteers for Engineering Ministries International

While volunteering on an Engineering Ministries International (EMI) project trip to Uganda in February 2011, Patrick Cochrane, AScT had the opportunity to work alongside a Ugandan surveyor. He soon discovered that although Ugandan universities do a great job of teaching the theory of surveying, resources to impart its practical application are not always available. He and a colleague, who had graduated from a four-year geomatics engineering program two years, previously, appreciated the practical skills that Cochrane was able to share with him – skills that empowered him to greater excellence in his career, in serving others, and in providing for his family.

This summer, Patrick Cochrane and his wife will be returning to Uganda for 11 weeks to continue their 5th year as volunteer leaders for Engineering Ministries International’s (EMI’s) mentoring program. This is a great program that builds up hands on –practical application skillsets of up and coming Ugandan technical professionals, and also builds into their professionalism with encouragement in healthy workplace practices and integrity. They provide an 8 week Survey Practicum for 9 Ugandan Geomatics Engineering students and 2 weeks program for 30 Civil/Environmental Engineering students. This program continues to have a significant effect on participants, their profession, and their communities.

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Joan Cochrane also posts details about the program on their BLOG

This program is also an opportunity for design professionals in the developed world to share their hearts, skillsets, and resources to build capacity in our peers in the developing world.

Patrick Cochrane welcomes those who would like to partner with EMI in sponsoring a student to participate in this survey practicum. Being a non-profit, they rely and value partnerships to join with them in their cause to help others help themselves. The program costs close to $10,000 to cover equipment and maintenance, supplies, local team transport, and support for a Ugandan intern; this does not include international transportation nor housing and meals for expat volunteers (They cover their own costs).

"As one who has had the good fortune to visit Africa to support and assist development of technology training and certification programs, I am appreciative of Patrick's work in advancing surveying and mapping training in Uganda," enthused ASTTBC CEO John Leech. "I visited some 6 countries in 7 separate trips; getting on the ground in several countries on many occasions. African countries can benefit from support from Canadians, and what better way to help than to provide needed skills that will lead to a meaningful and rewarding career and provide development services to help grow the economy." Leech concluded his comments by encouraging ASTTBC's members to make a financial donation to help Patrick with his service. "Just as I personally support the ASTTBC Foundation I will cut a cheque to help this ASTTBC member in his support of young people in Uganda."

EMI thanks ASTTBC members for their consideration and encourages techs who are interested in the work of EMI, to contact Patrick Cochrane.

Cheque payable to:


#201, 625-14th Street NW

Calgary, AB T2N 2A11-403

Donations will be tax receipted

**Please Attach Note stating:

Survey Practicum eMi Canada

Project #10058

___Sponsor a Ugandan student

___Sponsor Patrick and Joan

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APEGBC Pilot Program Permits EngL Licensees to Bridge to Professional Status

A new pilot program with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) now enables qualified Engineering Licensees (Eng.L.) to demonstrate they have met the requirements for full professional status to obtain their P.Eng. designation.

Challenging and rigorous, the pilot program is designed to help ensure successful candidates meet the requirements to become a professional engineer.

The Eng.L. allows an individual to practice professional engineering within a clearly defined scope of practice. As professional members of APEGBC, Eng.L.’s take full professional responsibility for work within their defined scope, and sign and seal documents, just as a professional engineer would. The pilot bridging program now provides a way for qualified licensees to achieve full professional licensure through a P.Eng. designation.

“This is an opportunity for our Eng L holders to reach P. Eng. status through a fair, yet rigorous, process that continues to safeguard the public while providing them with a means to further their careers,” says Mark Rigolo, P.Eng., APEGBC’s Associate Director of Engineering Admissions. “There was a high degree of interest from our licensees as soon as this program was announced, so we’re very encouraged by that.”

Early comments include, “The bridging program recently announced in an excellent and positive show of leadership by APEGBC.  This provides an excellent opportunity for licensees to expand their practice.”

In order to participate in this pilot program, candidates must meet specific criteria related to their education, level of experience, and professional competencies within the engineering field. Candidates must also pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Professional Engineers (PE) exams, complete an engineering project based on their area of practice, prepare a technical project report, and pass an interview by a professional panel about the report.

The report and its defense are judged on the extent to which the candidate demonstrates the clear understanding of engineering principles and key technical aspects relating to the topic assigned that one would expect of a professional engineer.

“Essentially, candidates need to design, conduct, and defend a technical thesis project,” says Rigolo, “but rather than their project being based on university course work, it’s based on real-world work experience.”

Engineering licensees might opt for the bridging program to advance their careers or as a means to open the door to a broader range of projects and responsibilities.  Feedback to date

For more information on the Eng.L. designation and the pilot bridging program, please visit the APEGBC website or contact Mark Rigolo, P.Eng., Associate Director, Engineering Admissions, at

Alberta Technology Association President Receives Coveted ASTTBC Feather

ASTTBC President Keith Trulson and CEO John Leech recently attended the AGM of the Association of Science, Engineering and Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) in Edmonton.

President Trulson congratulated ASET on another great year and extended best wishes from ASTTBC. Keith (left in photo above) presented outgoing ASET President, Norman Kyle with an ASTTBC eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay.

ASTTBC Press Release -Conference Board of Canada Report- Economic Contributions of Tech Professional

Surrey, BC – Results released today of a Conference Board of Canada study show that employment growth for Engineering and Applied Science Technologists and Technicians has strongly outpaced overall employment growth for Canada as a whole for the past 15 years.

The report, Assessing the Economic Contribution of Canada's Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists, also states that the average weekly wage rate for this profession has remained more than 20 per cent above the national average from 1997-98 to 2013-14.

The report confirms that this diverse group of technology professionals contributed $54.7 billion to the national economy in 2011 or 3.3 per cent of GDP. The economic contribution of technology professionals extends into the professional, scientific and technical services sector, manufacturing, construction, public administration, the information, cultural and recreation sector as well as the mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction sector.

John Leech, CEO, Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC

"ASTTBC’s message about the rewarding, recession-proof careers for engineering and applied science technologists and technicians is proven once again with the Conference Board of Canada study. Technology Professionals are crucial to BC’s economic growth, contributing an estimated $6 billion to the provincial economy, and a vital aspect of development, enhancing our innovation agenda and improving productivity.”

Pedro Antunes, Deputy Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada

“To sustain economic growth in light of slowing labour force growth, Canadian businesses need to focus on improving productivity and competitiveness. This means that demand for this occupational group will continue to grow in coming years."



  • Employment growth for this occupational group has strongly outpaced overall employment growth for Canada as a whole over the past 15 years thanks in part to Canada's move towards a knowledge economy.
  • Their average weekly wage rate has remained more than 20 per cent above the national average from 1997-98 to 2013-14.
  • Many of the challenges facing the Canadian economy, such as growing global competition, the aging population, slower labour force growth and growing public spending on health care, point to the need for productivity gains. Efforts to increase and maintain a high productivity level would likely involve the participation of technical professionals, such as engineering and applied science technicians and technologists.
  • Canada's engineering and applied sciences technologists and technicians contributed $54.7 billion to the economy in 2011—3.3 per cent of Canadian GDP.

The report, Assessing the Economic Contribution of Canada's Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists, is funded and supported by Technology Professionals Canada (TPC).





John Leech, AScT, CAE Chief Executive Officer

Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia

Tel.: 604.230.5827


About the Conference Board of Canada (CBC)…is the foremost independent, not-for-profit, applied research organization in Canada. We help build leadership capacity for a better Canada by creating and sharing insights on economic trends, public policy issues, and organizational performance.


About Technology Professionals Canada (TPC)… is a federally incorporated body representing engineering and applied science technicians and technologists from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.



Established in 1958, the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia is the voice of Technology Professionals in the province. ASTTBC is focused on achieving professional recognition for technologists, technicians and technical specialists. The Association’s mission…to serve the public by regulating and supporting Technology Professionals’ commitment to a safe, healthy and sustainable society and environment.




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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