ASTTBC e-News, June 2015
ASTTBC e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTTBC e-News contains the latest information about ASTTBC's role as a self-governing professional association of technology professionals and the many services provided by the association. Each issue is posted to the ASTTBC website.
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BC economic development opportunities like LNG, Red Criss 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 Criss 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.
At the Annual General Meeting, held on May 22nd, 2015 in Surrey, ASTTBC was pleased to announce the incoming elected leader of the association. Outgoing president Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS, officially handed the gavel over to Keith Trulson, AScT, EngL after signing the Oath of Office at the end of the meeting.
"The province is in good hands with Keith Trulson leading the association," praised retiring President Dave Rutherford. "During his term in office, I am confident ASTTBC will serve the public, industry and the profession well by enhancing professional regulation and accountability and improving professional recognition and practice."
In accepting the gavel and ASTTBC 'Talking Stick', Keith thanked Dave for his skillful leadership during the past two years. "'Stepping up to serve' was the tone of your leadership in providing service to the BC public and to our more than 10,000 registrants."
Keith holds a Technology Diploma (design option) in Mechanical Technology (1984) and an Honours Post Diploma in CAD Programming (1989), both from BCIT. Mr. Trulson also holds an Engineering Limited License (Eng.L) designation from APEGBC.
Keith has been a member of ASTTBC since 1999, and first became involved as a volunteer in 2002 when he served on the association's Practice Review Board. He became a member of ASTTBC Council in 2007 and served in a number of roles, culminating in this position, which he is honored to assume on behalf of ASTTBC.
Keith Trulson is currently President of Tru-Line Technologies Ltd., a fire suppression, engineering, and consulting firm in Port Moody, BC. Since 1992, the company has been providing fire suppression designs to NFPA standards in conjunction with building codes.
"I look forward to continuing the excellent tradition of Dave and the presidents who have gone before him," says Keith. "I very much look forward to being your president and I fully expect the next two years will be marked by the creativity and enterprise that is typical of ASTTBC members. Thank you for your support."
The summer solstice on June 21st marked National Aboriginal Day and a time to celebrate the work of ASTTBC and the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC) to advance technology education, careers and their application in aboriginal communities.
"ASTTBC is working collaboratively with BC's first nations to enhance the use of technology in their communities and to building technology careers among their people, especially youth," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE, "We have established a solid base of supports and see a future alive with opportunities for collaboration with BC's first nations."
The first nations work fits perfectly within ASTTBC's new campaign to foster interest in technology education and careers entitled 'Technology SIZZLES... Get cooking with ASTTBC'.
FNCC Chair Bill Baglot acknowledged the support of ASTTBC in providing some of its resources to further aboriginal interests.
"ASTTBC established the FNCC to help guide and direct the association as it looked for programming and services that dove-tail with those of aboriginal peoples," offered Baglot, "I am pleased with our modest progress to date and am confident we will continue to have a positive influence as technology and technology careers are embraced at all levels within aboriginal communities."
"Working with first nations groups such as the Musqueam Indian Band and First Nations Employment Society, we identified skills in public works technology as a priority and work has begun in creating a public works technician certification program. Likewise our connection with the First Nations Technology Council has led to joint efforts to advance training in other technologies throughout BC."
ASTTBC brought together First Nations members of ASTTBC to help guide our efforts in advancing technology skills. The First Nations Careers Council was launched by ASTTBC in 2009 in Kamloops with the support of the Tk'emlups Indian Band.
Highlights of ASTTBC and FNCC initiatives for 2013 - 2015:
- Providing bursaries to first nations youth
- Supporting first nations youth enrolled in technology programs
- Website featuring new events and links to aboriginal organizations
- Participation in career fairs and school workshops throughout the province
- Developing relationships with related organizations
- Signing MoA with First Nations Employment Society
- Signing MoA with First Nations Technology Council
- Participation as an original member of the Project Raven Steering Committee
- Supporting aboriginal educational incentives
- Working with industry to develop opportunities for aboriginal technologists and technicians
- Lobbying provincial and federal governments to provide funding for educational initiatives
- Exploring mentoring opportunities
- Developing the Public Works Technician Program
LEARN MORE about FNCC
SEE photo of cheque presentation
The sun is shining and the weather is great and that can only mean one thing. It is time for the Annual Prince George APEGBC/ASTTBC Golf Tournament that takes place at The Woods At Ness Lake Golf Course on July 11th. ASTTBC members consistently lead the field at this event and this year should be no different. So grab your clubs, or get a foursome together to mix, mingle and have fun!
This is your opportunity to let the ASTTBC Awards Committee know about an outstanding individual, organization or volunteer who has enhanced our profession through distinguished service, exceptional leadership or technical achievement. For more information and to make a submission please visit our WEBSITE.
We are currently requesting Nominations for Awards to be presented at the ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Submissions are due by JULY 31st, 2015 for the following:
- Advanced Technology
- Employer Award for the Enhancement of Career Success of Technology Professionals
- Honorary Membership
- Life Membership
- Peter Allan AScT Leadership
- Professional Achievement
- Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology
- R. Littledale Memorial
If you require any assistance or have questions regarding your Award Nomination contact Cindy Aitken, Manager Governance & Events by EMAIL.
IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES — NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY!
We're all getting older! ASTTBC's membership now includes more than 2400 (of the total of about 10,000 members), who are 55 or older. This suggests that the impending retirements of a large segment of our province's technical workforce will have far-reaching consequences unless we can act together to ensure that the skills and knowledge which contribute so much to our economic well-being are passed along to others.
One very effective way of making that happen is for the prospective retirees to become mentors. At this time, only about eight of our several thousand members have registered and been active as mentors. One of the many Immigrant Service Agencies with which ASTTBC routinely liaises, has asked us to provide mentors for thirty of their clients who are seeking work as engineers and/or technologists, in almost all the disciplines we recognize.
So, if you're one of the 2400 who is likely to retire in the next ten years, please seriously consider giving back to the association, to the community, to the sector and to the economy by becoming a mentor. Pass your wealth of experience to others who can help ensure that your pension is safe! You will find it to be a highly rewarding and critically needed activity.
VISIT the mentoring page on the ITTPBC website and sign up!
We invite ASTTBC members and stakeholders to visit the International Technology Education Recognition (ITER) website. The WEBSITE is a valuable tool not only for potential applicants but is available to stakeholders including — Canadian educational institutions, employers, professional associations and certification boards as well as the public. To date, over 600 foreign qualification assessments have been entered into the new database searchable by country, city, google map or name of institution.
ITER is an online resource available to Internationally Trained Technology Professionals (ITTPs) who are applying to ASTTBC. It provides pre-arrival information to self-assess their technology education in comparison to ASTTBC requirements.
The ASTTBC Board of Examiners has been assessing applicants with foreign education qualifications for close to 50 years to determine if the graduates meet ASTTBC certification standards. Once these applications have been processed the foreign qualification records have been stored in various soft and hard copy formats. Consolidating, updating and improving access to the foreign qualifications information was the object of a BC government assisted project for International Technology Education Recognition (ITER). ASTTBC staff is able to access more detailed information including country profiles of the 83 counties listed in the database. Further enhancements include: adding recognized education programs offered by Canadian institutions as well as programs recognized under the Sydney, and the Dublin Accords.
To assist Okanagan-based technology companies with attracting and retaining qualified employees, Accelerate Okanagan commissioned the 2014 Human Resources Practices & Compensation Study.
The study explores recruitment, retention and compensation strategies for technology companies in the Okanagan. It also provides detailed compensation data for 25 positions common to high technology companies.
The overall goal of this study is to provide another tool for technology company CEOs and human resource professionals — one that will help them to attract, hire, support and retain qualified employees.
Technology companies that are interested in purchasing a watermarked copy of this study and the results can request one via EMAIL.
MORE information on the survey via Sara Scott
The 2012 BC Building Code introduced new requirements for manufactured and preassembled fenestration products to conform to both:
AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-08 North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors and Skylights (NAFS 08);
CSA A440S1-09, Canadian Supplement to AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors and Skylights
These requirements rate products according to performance grade, performance class, water penetration resistance test pressure and air infiltration/exfiltration as well as specifying minimum quality of materials, finishes and components.
The requirements for other glazed products that do not fall within NAFS 08, such as curtain walls, site built doors and windows and sloped glazing, have also been a source of confusion for industry since the introduction of the 2012 code.
While fenestration industry associations were heavily involved in developing the model National Building Code and the relevant standards, the industry has found the new regime more challenging than they had anticipated since it came into effect in December 2013.
Some changes to the BC Building Code have been developed in consultation with the fenestration industry and local governments to alleviate some key implementation issues. We would like to hear from you. Visit our online public review from June 4th to June 25th, 2015.
ASTTBC Council Member, Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr was on hand at the Camosun College Trades and Technology Celebration to present Roxanne Duigou with her Award of Excellence.
"Roxanne is an amazing student. I look forward to hearing about her future," commented Sarah. "This is always an exciting time of year, for the students who are completing their studies, for ASTTBC to show their support and for industry that benefits with new recruits!"
The ASTTBC Foundation provides thousands of dollars annually to colleges and polytechnic institutes in BC to award to students in ASTTBC-accredited technology programs. This commitment from ASTTBC helps the youth of today become the techs of tomorrow.
PHOTO of award presentation
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - BC (ACEC-BC) and the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) signed a MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MoU) to reinforce their commitment to work together in support of BC's engineering and technical services, to promote careers in engineering, science and technology, and to ensure a sustainable engineering and technology workforce.
"This is an historic and significant agreement, announcing ASTTBC's commitment to working collaboratively with ACEC-BC in support of all members of the engineering team," said now ASTTBC Past President Dave Rutherford. "The agreement acknowledges the roles of ACEC-BC and ASTTBC as the two organizations work in support of a sustainable economy."
The MoU was heralded by ACEC-BC Board Chair Cathy Fritter as a great way to draw attention to the strengths of ACEC-BC and ASTTBC in delivering world-class services in British Columbia and globally.
"ASTTBC members are very important to all of our ACEC-BC consulting engineering member firms to assist in our delivery of quality designs. Their practical knowledge, combined with a technical education, makes ASTTBC members an asset to any project team."
ACEC-BC and ASTTBC have also joined with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC to study the labour market for engineering, geoscience and technology talent in BC, an example of the collaborative effort anticipated by the MoU. The project, managed by the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table will deliver their final report before the fall of 2015.
The Northern Technology & Engineering Society (NTES) is a nonprofit society dedicated to supporting, promoting, and enhancing technical and engineering education in northern British Columbia.
At the NTES AGM on May 5th in Prince George, two ASTTBC members were elected to the Board of Directors for the upcoming term.
Thanks go out to both of them for their commitment to helping technology and engineering thrive in the north!
Technologists, technicians and technical specialists are a significant part of the engineering community says the Past President of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - BC (ACEC-BC), Cameron Gatey, PEng.
Gatey attended a recent Kamloops member meeting of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) and spoke about the role of the association and the important contribution ASTTBC members make to the 90 companies that are members of ACEC-BC.
"Cameron delivered a brief but key message to ASTTBC members," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech. "He stressed that technology professionals are critical to the engineering consulting sector and would encourage young British Columbians to consider a career as a technologist or technician."
Gatey talked about the 90 firms that belong to ACEC-BC, an industry that contributes some $6 Billion to the BC economy. On careers in engineering technology Gatey said, "ASTTBC members offer valuable services that are in demand. Our firms could not get by without technology professionals."
The College of Applied Biology of BC is seeking a volunteer to serve on their Discipline Committee. ASTTBC members are encouraged to consider this unique opportunity.
EMAIL the executive director for more info
Are you or your colleagues creating some innovative technology applications? Want to tell the technology community about it? Let us know. We'll gladly publish a story on your accomplishments.
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ASTTBC Dues/Annual Renewal Invoicing for 2015
Technologists, technicians, graduate technologists and associates that had not paid their 2015 membership dues, were cancelled on June 1st, 2015. If you wish to reinstate your membership, please contact our office at your earliest convenience, by EMAILING Lumi Guias or by calling (604) 585-2788 ext. 237.
Technical Specialist Groups Annual Renewal fee for 2015
All building design, construction safety, electrical work practitioner, fire protection, house and property inspection, onsite wastewater, public works inspection, registered reserve fund analyst, registered technology manager, site improvement surveying, and steel detailing registrants, have been sent two hard copies and one electronic invoice since the first week of April. Final notices before cancellation were mailed on June 22nd, 2015. Annual renewal fee is due and payable by June 1st, 2015.
Cancellation for non-payment will occur in the second week of July.
A $75 plus GST fee will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of annual renewal fee to UNCANCEL and reinstate membership.
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) announced today that the turning-point project "Advanced Manufacturing," submitted by local engineer-turned-businessman Matt Rendall, will represent Ontario in the finals of the 2015 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award.
Matt's project will help his company, Clearpath Robotics, develop a new series of autonomous mobile robots that will take on the sometimes-risky and tedious materials-handling jobs in warehouse operations. The project aims to increase warehouse safety, boost process throughput and increase ROI. To claim the BDC Young Entrepreneur Award $100,000 grand prize and fund this project, Matt needs votes from Canadians from coast-to-coast.
"Mechatronics" may sound like something out of a Transformers movie, but it was in fact the name of the robotics engineering program Matt attended at the University of Waterloo where he met his Clearpath co-founders. Their expertise in unmanned vehicle robotics enabled the team to launch a profitable company right out of university. After finding market traction in 40 countries, Matt is now ready to move into a new growth area — materials-handling in the industrial market.
"Robotics is really about intelligent automation that can help industrial companies and manufacturers improve productivity, by producing more and doing so in a more effective way that streamlines their operations," Matt says.
Matt and his team are tackling this one step at a time, by focusing first on the development of three new autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, to move materials in warehouses. What's distinctive about Clearpath's technology is that these robots are designed to safely operate around humans and unexpected obstacles to complete tasks without direction from by any kind of infrastructure. These AMR's are like driverless robot forklifts that can bring materials from one location to another all by themselves. Getting these prototypes to market will pave the way for the company to create a whole new industrial division and further expand into the manufacturing sector.
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.
VIEW the newsletter
On August 5th, 2012, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity touched down on the surface of Mars after nine months of cruising through deep space. Landing the massive 900-kilogram rover involved an unprecedented combination of new technologies and powerful computer systems ever sent to the surface of another planet. Remoteness, time delay and extremely stressing environments were just some of the many challenges faced by the NASA team as they attempted to develop an automated landing system for the rover that could safely land on the surface of Mars from a speed of over 21,000 km per hour.
Luke Dubord is a Canadian Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is currently on the development team for NASA's Insight Mars Land Project scheduled to launch in March 2016. He was active on the development team of the MSL Mission Curiosity. Luke will share insight into the development efforts of Curiosity, the currently in-development Mars Lander InSight and the future of NASA Mars exploration.
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Time: 6:00-6:45 pm: Family Friendly Talk 7:30-8:30 pm: Evening Lecture
Location: House of Learning, Room HOL190, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops BC
Cost: $5/person or $10/family
Tickets can be purchased at the BIG Little Science Centre at 655 Holt Street, by calling the centre at 250-554-2572, or ordering ONLINE. If seats are still available on the day of the talk, tickets may be purchased at the door.
Of the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. For more info on how students can start early, how parents can get involved, employer tools and resources, or how to change your career, go the BC JOBS PLAN WEBSITE.
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
The City of New Westminister is looking for a Transportation Engineering Technologist. The job closes on July 3rd, 2015.
Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and promote health and safety within the work place.
(a) This principle must be considered the most significant in the Code of Ethics. Realistically any project undertaken involves some risk to safety, health and welfare and may have some impact on the environment. To 'hold paramount' is to emphasize the need to give diligent regard to this principle and to rank it ahead of expediency or economic gain to either client or self.
(b) Members shall take appropriate action and notify proper authorities if in their professional opinion, unacceptable hazards to the public, human welfare or the environment do exist.
(c) Members shall not complete, sign or seal plans or other documents that, in their professional opinion, would result in unacceptable hazards to the public, human welfare or the environment, or do not conform to current standards. If the clients or employers insist on such conduct, and members are unable to dissuade them, then the commentary regarding Principle 8 should be followed.
Members must be familiar with current safety codes, standards and other external regulations pertaining to their discipline. They must understand their implications to the safety and welfare of the public.
Members should maintain a responsible interest in both the immediate and long-term effects of the application of practices that affect the public welfare and should be aware that the use of technology may create situations that endanger the long-term safety and welfare of the public. If necessary, members should advise clients, corporate management or appropriate agencies accordingly.
Occasionally the obligations that members have to their clients/employers and to the public may be in conflict. While the members are obliged not to disclose confidential information, or to use such information to the disadvantage of the clients/employers, failure to report a situation that members believe may endanger the safety or welfare of the public would be contrary to this paramount principle. There should be no doubt as to how members must act.
When members are retained as an expert in litigation cases, any information received or developed in the case is bound by the general rules of litigation, including rules of privilege and disclosure. Members face a dilemma when information they have poses an imminent danger to the public but is bound by legal privilege.
Members must act out of a sense of duty, and although the member's ultimate responsibility is clear, there is no universally applicable procedure to be used for discharging it. Responsible disclosure must be conducted with the interest of the public in mind, and obviously requires that the members put their names on the action and sometimes their occupations on the line.
All Members, who provide services directly to the public or perform work as independent contractors, have a duty of care to ensure adequate financial protection to their clients in the event of their errors and omission. The Council of ASTTBC may also from time-to-time specifically name certain registrants (practicing), who then become obliged under the ASTT Act, to carry errors and omission insurance.
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website designed to help members record CPD activities.
To update your ASTTBC contact information, please LOGIN and use our online form.
There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, SEMINARS AND COMING EVENTS on the ASTTBC website. Stay current and grow your capacity as Technology Professionals!
Here's just a sample if you follow the links:
APEGBC Okanagan Branch 9th Annual Golf Tournament: Player Registration
Kelowna BC, July 17th, 2015
PBLI Presents - Procurement: The Real World
Webinar, July 7th, 2015
EPIC Presents - Pumps and Compressors: Selection, Operation, and Maintenance
Vancouver, BC, July 13th-15th, 2015
Thank-you for reading our June e-News and have a wonderful summer!