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 an6d 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.
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.
ASTTBC's recent donation of $2,500 to the Kamloops based Big Little Science Centre was recognized in the Centre's recent newsletter. ASTTBC's donations to date are now closing in on $40k.
As a proud supporter of the Big Little Science Centre, ASTTBC continues to demonstrate its support for STEM at all ages.
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.
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BC economic development opportunities like LNG, Red Chris Mine, Site C Dam, various infrastructure projects, manufacturing, electronics and high technology initiatives, all require a highly skilled work force, including engineering and applied science technologists, technicians and technical specialists. ASTTBC is working with the BC government to address current technical skills needs with the goal of mitigating a skills gap.
"ASTTBC applauds the BC government's leadership in profiling technical and trades education and career opportunities," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "The WorkBC WEBSITE provides excellent information on technical careers, labour market information and job opportunities. The information helps technology workers better understand career prospects across the province and assists employers as they make business and project decisions. The site helps British Columbians as well as technical workers outside Canada looking to move to BC connect the dots between major project announcements and jobs on the ground."
ASTTBC notes that from the initial fieldwork and design through to construction and operations, ASTTBC registered technology professionals are integral to a project's success.
Technology career opportunities in BC will continue to expand well into the future says the ASTTBC CEO, "The diversity of BC's economy coupled with new opportunities such as LNG, Site C and Red Chris spells bright days ahead for British Columbians."
ASTTBC is working on several fronts with the BC government to ensure a sustainable supply of technology workers. Enhancing career prospects for immigrants has been a priority in the last 4 years for ASTTBC.
"The BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training has partnered with ASTTBC on projects designed to better assess technical skills of foreign workers and enhance services as they build careers, make their homes and raise their families in British Columbia," enthuses Leech. "As a result of the many joint projects with the BC government, ASTTBC has embraced competency- based assessment, removed regulatory barriers and built a number of programs to support and assist Internationally Trained Technology Professionals."
ASTTBC is a self-governing association that is the 8th largest professional regulating body in BC with over 10,000 technology professionals who offer services in engineering and applied science technology.
The Canadian Home Builders Association - Vancouver Island, hosted the inaugural VIBE Gala Awards Ceremony on May 23, 2015 in Nanaimo. ASTTBC was a sponsor of the event that was created to highlight an inclusive, Island wide builder Awards Program that recognizes the quality of work from the residential construction industry.
In a letter of thanks the VIBE Committee Chair, Peter Schultze said, “your support helped make our vision a reality." Executive Officer Kelsey Botting penned a personal note to ASTTBC CEO John Leech in which Kelsey says, "Thank you for your support of our inaugural VIBE Awards. It was wonderful to have you at the gala event."
ASTTBC CEO Leech said, "Many ASTTBC members work in the residential industry and it is good business for ASTTBC to support events such as VIBE. Our sponsorship helps forge partnerships with industry groups who employ and contract the services of ASTTBC registered technology professionals."
ASTTBC members are encouraged to review the new Building Act as well as a new GUIDE which provides plain language information on the Act. Following is a memo we received from Jarrett Hutchinson, A/Executive Director, Building and Safety Standards Branch:
Please note that information about the Building Act is now available on our website at www.gov.bc.ca/buildingact
The website includes a link to the final text of the Building Act as well as the first two sections of the Building Act Guide. The guide provides plain-language information about the Building Act and will be prepared in sections as corresponding parts of the Act come into force. Email messages will be sent to alert you when major changes take effect, but please feel free to check the website for ongoing updates.
While you are online, I invite you to explore our new Building Codes and Standards website at www.gov.bc.ca/buildingcodes
The Building and Safety Standards Branch will complete the transition from the former website to the new website over the coming months.
I would greatly appreciate if this and future information about the Building Act could be shared with those in your organization.
Acting Executive Director
Building and Safety Standards Branch
Office of Housing and Construction Standards
Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing