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.
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), a new, world class accreditation model for the engineering technology and applied science profession, has officially opened its doors and launched full operations following the successful completion of its pilot project with a Canadian college.
The product of three years of development and testing to achieve rigorous and consistent national accreditation, TAC is now ready to assist all educational institutions in accrediting their programs as it receives enquiries and applications for accreditations from Canadian educational institutions.
TAC takes the accreditation process to the next level through objective documentation, competency definition/measurement and quality assessment, and ensures auditor competency through specialized training, testing and monitoring. Accreditation decisions are based on the program meeting clearly defined criteria and not on the subjective approval of a board of directors. Second-level process and annual reviews by TAC’s governance and audit council guarantee consistency and integrity in TAC’s national accreditation process.
"What this means is unprecedented quality assurance in the accreditation process for our educational institutions. Graduates from TAC-accredited programs are ready to start exciting, fulfilling careers in a diverse range of Canadian technology fields," said Sam DiGiandomenico, TAC executive director.
A national organization with offices in Toronto, TAC recently concluded work on its pilot accreditation project with Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Georgian College’s electrical engineering technology program was the focus of the pilot and received the inaugural accreditation. TAC grants accreditation for five years only after which time a new accreditation must take place.
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ASTTBC Council has approved in principle and for discussion purposes the ROWP Practice Guide, March 19, 2015. ASTTBC is asking all ROWPs and other interested parties to review the document and submit comments and suggestions. With your assistance we will be assured of the best possible document before it is officially approved for use.
Your feedback is requested by May 31, 2015 to email@example.com
After we receive all input we will make adjustments and post again, likely toward the end of summer 2015. This Fall ASTTBC will take the amended paper to the Onsite Wastewater Registration Board and Practice Review Board for their endorsement. We plan to take the Practice Guide document to the ASTTBC Council in January 2016 for final approval.
A special thank you to Jim Andersen, ROWP as the lead author and several members of staff, the Onsite Wastewater Registration Board and others for reviewing the document.
And… THANK YOU, the ASTTBC members, for your assistance in reviewing this important professional practice guide.
Charles Joyner, AScT
The inaugural Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) Leadership Recognition Awards was held on April 10th, 2015 and ASTTBC was honoured with a Member Association Leadership Award. This award recognizes best practices and solutions in immigrant employment and integration and was awarded to ASTTBC for its solutions to integration and support through mentoring. ASTTBC provides guidance and coaching through IEB-BC‘s MentorConnect program.Geoff Sale, AScT, Manager, Internationally Trained Professionals was on hand to receive the Award on ASTTBC’s behalf
"I congratulate the recipients of these Leadership Recognition Awards, whose work as community leaders is at the forefront in developing skills and networks amongst our new immigrants," said Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander.
ASTTBC CEO, John Leech went on to say "ASTTBC is proud to have received this recognition and of the work our ITTP program has done, continues to do and our future undertakings. We thank IEC-BC for this acknowledgement and we will continue in our efforts to assist ITTPs reach their career goals."
Dan Lambert, PEng, the Managing Director of the Engineers back in the mid-70s to mid-80s and an Honourary Member of ASTTBC recently received the rank of Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour from the French Government.
Two chums pose for photo after dinner. Dan Lambert (right) joined APEBC as Managing Director in 1973, one year before ASTTBC CEO John Leech was hired by SETBC (changed to ASTTBC with the ASTT Act in 1985)
"What a great surprise to learn of this honour," said ASTTBC CEO, John Leech who had dinner with Dan the other night. "Dan at 97 was his usual effervescent self as we carried on a great conversation over dinner. Dan and I find time to dine together a few times each year. It is always a treat." CONGRATS Dan!
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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