ASTTBC e-News, October 2013
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 web site.
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ASTTBC Council has recently reaffirmed its view that there should be one national standard for the certification of Technologists and Technicians and the accreditation of technology programs at educational institutions. ASTTBC also believes there should be one national accreditation agency. ASTTBC is working with Technology Professionals Canada (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario associations) to create a new national accreditation model, Technology Accreditation Canada. ASTTBC has expressed its view that the current and proposed model should find alignment in order that one national accreditation model and accreditation agency be realized.
ASTTBC is also interested in seeing a more effective, open and transparent management process for the National Technology Benchmarks (NTB), the current national standard for accreditation. On the certification front, ASTTBC has embraced competency-based certification and is using a new software program, Technology Registrations Canada, as the vehicle for handling applications for Technologist or Technician certification. The Alberta association is presently adapting the NTB to better apply to competency-based certification and ASTTBC is monitoring their work. Read more
The team at TAC has entered into an agreement with Calico Communications to provide timely information on this new world-class model for accreditation and development and approval of a national technology accreditation standard. The following e-News article has been issued by TAC as an update on their work. Watch for future information as TAC unfolds.
The impending arrival of a new year heralds some exciting developments for the technology profession in BC and other Canadian provinces. Technology Professionals Canada (TPC), a partnership of provincial technology associations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, is poised to launch a pilot project in spring 2014 for the delivery of Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), a world class accreditation model for technology professionals across Canada.
The establishment of TAC is in direct response to findings from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) which performed a comprehensive, third party review of current technology accreditation practices measured against best practices from other jurisdictions and sectors.
Further to CSA's recommendations, TAC is committed to assuming a leadership position in the delivery of a significantly improved and effective national accreditation system, using highly trained professional auditors, maintaining an uncompromising degree of quality control and assurance, and rigorously applying national technology benchmarks.
TAC will soon begin approaching educational institutions to develop a pilot for the new national accreditation system.
TAC's bylaws were approved in principle at the Sept. 28 ASTTBC Council meeting and incorporation of TAC is slated for later this autumn.
TAC will continue to keep association members and academic and industry stakeholders informed of its progress going forward with regular updates on service delivery milestones. TAC is comprised of technology professional associations in Alberta, Ontario, BC and Saskatchewan, which represent approximately 85 per cent of the technology profession in Canada.
Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk (MLA for Surrey-Tynehead) is the Minister responsible for the ASTT Act and also the statutes governing Professional Engineers and Geoscientists and Architects. Amrik Virk is seen by ASTTBC leaders as 'ASTTBC's Minister', though because of ASTTBC's broad mandate, there are many Cabinet Ministers with whom ASTTBC naturally links. ASTTBC also maintains connections with Critics for the Official Opposition.
ASTTBC met with Amrik Virk in August 2013. "We had an extraordinary hour with Minister Virk," said ASTTBC's elected President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS. "From technology education and careers to the challenges we face securing professional recognition and Qualified Professional (QP) status, the conversation was engaging and free-flowing. We had a long list of topics, most of them viewed as 'high priority'. On the legislative front ASTTBC talked with the Minister about changes to the ASTT Act and implementation of PTech in BC."
In addition to President Dave, ASTTBC's representatives included Public Representative on Council, Dr Brian Carr, and Executive Director, John Leech. Click here to find out what items were on the agenda.
ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, called on the BC Government to lead a "full press initiative to imbue a renaissance in science and technology". John was in Courtenay October 3, 2013 talking with the BC Government Committee about a science and technology culture, technology education and careers and the contribution of ASTTBC-registered Technology Professionals. "The Committee was situated in Victoria and I was at North Island College in Courtenay, with technology bridging the gap. Technology was working at full tilt... was the medium for communication. Video conferencing saved travel costs and time for the Committee without much loss of the 'personal touch'," said John Leech.
Each presenter had 10 minutes to make their pitch and then there was five minutes for questions or comments from the Committee. John's brief outlined 12 Recommendations, including:
- Government to lead an initiative to grow a more vibrant science and technology culture in BC.
- Premier to serve as Honourary Chair of a new industry group to be appointed by Government to forge the new STEM initiative.
- Designate Science World as lead agency promoting Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).
- Support new technology programs especially in northern and central BC.
- Target funding for Aboriginal technology programs.
MLA Dan Ashton (Penticton) is the Committee Chair. MLA John Yap (Richmond-Steveston) and MLA Mable Elmore (Vancouver-Kensington) asked questions about technology skills shortage and what ASTTBC is doing to assist Internationally Trained Technology Professionals. Read more about the ASTTBC PRESENTATION.
Gordon Gore, an Honourary Member of ASTTBC and Founder of the BIG Little Science Centre in Kamloops, included in their October 2013 BLSC Newsletter, reference to ASTTBC Executive Director's presentation to the Government Select Standing Committee on Finances.
"ASTTBC is a BIG supporter of BLSC and shares much in common with this small but mighty organization that works hard to excite young minds about science and technology," said John Leech. "It was great that Gordon, the newsletter editor, made the effort to include ASTTBC in their newsletter."
See BLSC NEWSLETTER to read about the ASTTBC presentation and see how young people in and around Kamloops get hands-on experience with science.
ASTTBC joins the BCIT community in congratulating Kathy Kinloch on being appointed to the position of President of BCIT. "ASTTBC has a linkage with BCIT back to when the Institute opened its doors in 1964," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "BCIT graduates make up a significant number of the ASTTBC membership and all their technology programs have been recognized as meeting ASTTBC's standard for certification."
ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLA, CLS, Head of Geomatics Technology at BCIT, looks forward to working with Kathy once she joins the team in January 2014. See MESSAGE from the Chair of the BCIT Board of Governors.
ASTTBC's Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE, and Media Relations Manager Garry Gaudet were delighted to be among "50 People Who Made A Difference", recently honoured at a widely-publicized Okanagan College anniversary celebration, and in College internet and newspaper tributes.
BC's second-largest technology institute has offered ASTTBC-recognized technology and technical training programs for decades. With campuses in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm, the college last month celebrated its first 50 years by paying tribute '50 difference-makers' judged to have contributed significantly during that time.
Many current BC technologists, technicians and technical specialists received career training at Okanagan on their way to ASTTBC certification. John was recognized for fostering strong and enduring links between OC and ASTTBC, while Garry promoted college technology and other programs as Communications Manager, from 1986 to 1997.
Others among the "50" who nurtured and built Okanagan's technology education include an early Dean of Trades and Technology, Bill MacLeod, Larry Taylor (retired Dean of Applied Arts and Technology), Gary Schwartz (retired Electronics Engineering Technology department chair), Dave Goodall, who designed and built the College's IT systems from the ground up, and Physics Professor Peter Murray.
Also honoured was Russ Winslade, retired designer of the College's Co-op Education programs. These programs not only give applied science and technology students paid work terms in the 'real world' to buttress classroom instruction, they also introduce students to potential employers - many of whom hire their work study students after graduation.
ASTTBC's mandate under the ASTT Act is to "regulate the standards of training and practice of members and protect the public interest" ('Object' from ASTT Act). As part of the FOCUS 2015: Practice and Accountability program, ASTTBC is enhancing the professional regulatory framework, especially as it applies to professional accountability.
In addition, the Association continues to pursue practice rights that are within the competencies of ASTTBC technology professionals. Practice recognition and rights to independent practice are identified and secured in a number of ways, including being identified as a Qualified Person / Professional and through a modified professional regulatory framework that would include the Professional Technologist. Here are highlights of ASTTBC's work:
Qualified Person (QP) ASTTBC has been pro-actively considering areas where an ASTTBC-registered technology professional might be recognized as a QP. A number of areas of practice have been identified and posted to the ASTTBC website. Read more
One example for technologists and technicians is recognition as a Reclamation Specialist by the Oil and Gas Commission, and for Technical Specialists includes fields such as house inspection, onsite wastewater, and fire protection.
ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Board The newly formed Joint Board has a mandate to identify areas where a technologist might be considered for QP status. The Joint Board's work will take some time and will be ongoing. "I am very optimistic that working together with APEGBC will help the two associations better serve the public interest and protect health, safety and the environment," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS.
Professional Technologist (PTech) ASTTBC Council has signaled a continuing interest in pursuing PTech in BC. With over 350 PTech(Eng) now registered in Alberta, and the Licensed Engineering Technologist law but not enacted in Ontario, there is greater impetus for action in BC. PTech is also used in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, but in these two provinces the practitioners do not have a practice scope that includes 'professional engineering' whereas, that is the case with PTech(Eng).
ASTTBC has been 'talking it up' over the summer with Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for the ASTT Act Amrik Virk and several other Cabinet Ministers, MLAs and Government staff. "I found Minister Virk quite open and receptive to ASTTBC's proposal for the introduction of PTech in BC," said ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford. "The Minister asked how PTech is working in Alberta and other provinces and wanted to know where we stand with other stakeholders, especially APEGBC. We provided Minister Virk with a high level look at our history with PTech and in working over decades to secure full recognition of ASTTBC's technologists, technicians and technical specialists."
ASTTBC's belief that PTech is a key component of the future regulatory model has been raised with the ASTTBC - APEGBC Joint Board and the APEGBC Council with the hope that APEGBC will join with ASTTBC in support of developing PTech in BC.
At the September 2013 Council meeting, the nomination committee for the 2013-2014 Council was approved. The committee is now requesting nominations for election to the Council of ASTTBC. Each nomination must be supported by the signatures of 10 certified members, as well as the consent and signature of the nominee. Nominations properly endorsed must be received by the Nomination Committee Chair by February 22, 2014. Nomination submissions should be addressed to:
Electrical Work and ASTTBC Members in 3 Disciplines:
ASTTBC's effort to secure recognition by the BC Safety Authority for biomedical, electrical, and electronic technologists and technicians to carry out a narrow slice of 'electrical work' reached a key milestone with ASTTBC Council approving the certification requirements and policies and procedures governing the administration of this field of activity. ASTTBC has worked closely with BCSA in the past two years to define a program that would assure safety and effectively qualify and recognize ASTTBC members' work.
While a solid program has been developed, a number of groups identified issues, including a concern that ASTTBC members were not adequately qualified and that there would be a potential negative affect on the TQ electrician and Red Seal program. ASTTBC assured the interested parties that ASTTBC members would not be doing work usual to a TQ electrician and that the ASTTBC certification program would have no impact on the Red Seal. On the training front, ASTTBC technologists and technicians in electrical, electronics and biomedical engineering have a minimum of two years post-secondary technical education and over 4,000 hours work experience in the electrical / electronics field and will be required, as part of the new certification program for electrical work, to demonstrate competency. This will be achieved in part by providing a log of the direct electrical experience. Professional references will help validate this experience. Applicants will also be required to demonstrate knowledge of safety codes and standards. ASTTBC members certified in the EL1 or EL2 categories of the program will carry a photo ID card and their names will be posted to a dedicated website. ASTTBC's certification, registration and compliance processes ensure that all members are qualified and comply with our Code of Ethics and Practice Guidelines.
On September 26, 2013 the ASTTBC Council approved the certification policies and processes. The new restricted license, once finally approved for implementation by the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) will apply to AScT and CTech members registered in electrical, electronics and biomedical engineering disciplines. A letter to the BC Safety Authority will provide the BCSA with all it needs to approve the program.
"I am pleased with the process we have followed in developing this initiative," said Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "While the launch of this program has taken much longer than planned, I can say without reservation that we have a better product." John noted that ASTTBC has been working closely with BCSA and consulting with other stakeholders to address their concerns and suggestions. "We have established a closer working relationship with groups like the IBEW and Electrical Contractors Association of BC and this will help us all better know and understand our respective roles. I plan to stay connected with these two and other groups like the BC Federation of Labour. We share a lot in common and need to work together to better serve the needs of British Columbia."
The BCSA posted an update at: please follow link
At the ASTTBC Council meeting on September 26, 2013, Parampreet ('Param') Singh Duley, AScT, was recognized for the distinction of being the 30,000th registered member of ASTTBC.
Param was born in Punjab, India, and immigrated with his family to Canada in 1999, at age 17. Living in Surrey, Param earned a Kwantlen Polytechnic University certificate in Applied Sciences, and later graduated the Biomedical Engineering program at BCIT in 2007. Since then he has been employed by Vancouver General Hospital, maintaining medical equipment in the VGH operating rooms, at the BC Cancer Hospital in Vancouver, and VCH Community Health Centers.
Param holds BC Cancer Agency Biomedical Engineering Technologist accreditation, and served as the Lead Technologist for an infusion pump purchase project for Cancer Centers across BC. Active in community service, Param managed a South Asian fundraiser, the Gurdas Maan Dinner, which raised funds for BC Children's Hospital. "Our 30,000th registered member, in many ways, represents ASTTBC's growth, energy and range of certified skills," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, "Growing numbers of technologists and technicians are graduating BC colleges, BCIT and universities from previously underrepresented groups, to become technology professionals - women, First Nations students and immigrants to Canada among them. This bodes well for BC employers and industries that demand capable, keen workers skilled in technologies."
The Surrey Board of Trade won Gold for their 'HR Solutions for Immigrant Talent Initiative', which is an employer-focused program in partnership with Douglas College to assist small and medium sized businesses in the Surrey region in integrating immigrants into their labour pool. The project involves workshops, resources navigation, training and immigrant HR support for employers.
"We congratulate the Surrey Board of Trade on this well-deserved recognition," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE.
"ASTTBC has an MoU with the Surrey Board of Trade to foster mutual support, which is particularly helpful with regard to our activities involving Internationally Trained Technology Professionals (ITTP)."
Over 27% of Surrey's population is under 19 years old, and over 43% of Surrey residents speak a language that is not English at home. "In Surrey, like many other cities across Canada, employers are increasingly relying on new immigrants to meet their skill shortages," said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. "The Surrey Board of Trade's program helps address this need."
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC is the recipient of 2013 Association Cornerstone of Excellence (ACE) Award for Government Affairs, for its work on effecting significant amendments to the Limitations Act. The ACE Awards are presented annually by the Canadian Society of Association Executives - BC Chapter, and they showcase outstanding achievement in the association sector. Recipients of ACE Awards -Government Affairs category are recognized for undertaking a key initiative on a single government affairs issue where highly focused activities have resulted in a positive outcome.
ACEC-BC initiated the lobbying efforts to amend the Limitations Act in 2005 to address an onerous provision of the then existing legislation that resulted in engineers and other professionals being liable for claims up to 30 years after their professional services have been provided, thereby creating significant difficulties for the courts and unfairness to the parties involved. Subsequent to 2005, presentations were made on an on-going basis to various caucus and legislative committees.
In addition, ACEC-BC enlisted the support of other professional organizations, most notably the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC , the Architectural Institute of BC and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia , all of which shared the concerns of ACEC-BC and its members. ACEC-BC also worked closely with Mr. Ralph Sultan, MLA, who among his many accomplishments, is a registered Professional Engineer, and a respected member of the Liberal Party Caucus. Mr. Sultan provided tremendous support and guidance in the quest to bring about a more reasonable limitation period.
As a result of the actions taken by ACEC-BC, the Limitations Act has now established, in relation to most claims, a basic limitation period of 2 years from the date of discovery of the claim and an ultimate limitation period of 15 years after the event giving rise to the claim.
ASTTBC recently donated $2,000 to the Nanaimo Science Sustainability Society (NS3) in support of science camps and other efforts to excite young minds about science and technology. An additional $400 was added as a result of funds raised through the ASTTBC inaugural Nanaimo Golf Tournament. "NS3 is a grass-roots organization working hard to enhance awareness of science and technology. This initiative ties closely with ASTTBC's goal to enhance awareness of technology education and careers," said ASTTBC Executive Director, John Leech. See Nanaimo Daily News article.
With Peter Link, CTech, CPI, RRFA retiring at the end of this year, ASTTBC was on the hunt for a new manager. While several highly qualified candidates were considered, Barry Brooks, AScT, CHI, RRFA(L), PEng has been appointed Manager, Property Inspection Registration. Read more about his appointment.
Kelvin Salder, former Executive Director of the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST), has accepted the position of Southwest Basin Community Liaison with the Columbia Basin Trust.
Kai Hui, AScT, will be leaving BC Hydro to take on the role of CTO for Bit Stew Systems, a small software company that has products focused on managing the smart grid.
Cindy Harmel, AScT, RPA, is returning to her position as Chief Engineer for Northern Health at the Kitimat General Hospital, and will be embarking on a $500,000 ER upgrade.
The Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC) has been working for several years to consider how building designers and others might be embraced within the Institute. After lengthy discussion and significant member engagement, the Council has decided that Building Designers will NOT be a special class within their membership. The AIBC Council posted a summary of its October 2013 meeting, as follows:
- Council approved a motion from its Associates Task Force calling for the following designations to be introduced for the three Associate categories of registrant: Architectural Technologist AIBC; Intern Architect AIBC; and Retired Architect AIBC. While several options were considered, it was agreed that the use of the institute's initials was consistent with the designation for architects (Architect AIBC) while providing clarity and assurance to the public. These designations for associates are to come into effect as of January 1, 2014. Attention will now focus on the matter of associates practicing independently, providing design services within the exceptions of the Architects Act.
- AIBC Council President Scott Kemp Architect AIBC reported on a recent meeting with the Honorable Amrik Virk, Minister of Advanced Education. The minister and other senior ministry staff spoke with Kemp, Council Vice President Darryl Condon Architect AIBC, Council member Gordon Richards Architect AIBC, Lieutenant Governor Appointee Steve Simons, AIBC Deputy Executive Director and General Council Thom Lutes and AIBC Director of Communications David Wiebe. The meeting provided an opportunity to introduce the recently-appointed minister to the institute and its representatives, and to discuss issues of government priority and process. This included council's interest in bringing about unspecified changes to the Architects Act to address deficiencies in the century-old legislation and reflect the evolution of the profession. The minister expressed support for this direction, explaining the process and prioritization that surround what is ultimately a government decision, and provided some direction as to how the institute can best prepare for the opportunity, should it arise.
This year's 8th Western Canada RoboCup Junior Competition will be held on November 29 at the Kelowna Campus of Okanagan College. It is an educational event that targets elementary, middle and secondary school students. The event's mission is to promote science and technology through hands-on, fun and challenging activities and is divided into three main challenges: the soccer challenge, the rescue challenge, and the dance challenge.
ASTTBC is proud to be a lead sponsor of this event. Winners of this year's event will qualify to represent Canada in the 2014 Annual World RoboCup games in Brazil. Please visit the games website for more details.
ASTTBC is sponsoring Honourary Member Brian Canfield, Chair of TELUS, at the November 13 Sam Sullivan Salon in Vancouver. Brian has made significant contributions to the growth of TELUS over 50 years, a company that employs more than 400 ASTTBC members. The event includes a pre-salon dinner and other speakers/musicians.
"I encourage ASTTBC members to register and take in this evening -- very reasonable at $20 in advance or $25 cash at the door," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE. "I have found the pre-event dinner at $120 (pre-register only) a great way to help support this initiative." Click here for more details.
The ASTTBC certification and registration process relies heavily on subject matter experts (SME) to determine if applicants have achieved the standards required for membership. With 17 technologist and technician disciplines and 10 technical specialist occupation groups, the number of SMEs required is significant.
In July 2013, a broadcast message was sent to AScT members with five or more years' membership requesting volunteers to serve as Board of Examiners File Reviewers. The message highlighted several features of being a file reviewer including: qualifies for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points; files may be reviewed online 24/7; and files may be reviewed regardless of where you live or work.
Within 72 hours of the broadcast, ASTTBC received positive replies from 43 members from all over BC, in Alberta and one from Oman. A follow-up message was sent to everyone that stepped up to the challenge. More than 50 volunteers were invited to join a two-hour training session in October on using the Technology Registrations Canada (TRC) online process to review and evaluate application files. Invited SME volunteers had the option of attending in person or by webinar.
The time commitment as a reviewer is minimal. In addition to the training, time is required to review and evaluate each application. This could range from one to three hours per file depending on the complexity of the application. The number of files to be reviewed varies but generally it is not more than five files per year. File reviewers also have the option of declining a review if they are too busy or otherwise unavailable.
It is never too late for members to share their expertise by joining an ASTTBC Board, being a file reviewer, or getting involved in other interesting activities. Just contact any ASTTBC staff member or someone you know who is now an ASTTBC volunteer. Here is what Grant A. Lachmuth, AscT, RTMgr, had to say about being a volunteer:
"It has been a sincere honour and a privilege to be a member of the RTMgr Certification Board since 2009. I appreciated your patience and understanding with my Kelowna-based, long-distance participation. I look forward to any future opportunities to serve the Association and its membership on any other committees/Boards that may be appropriate."
The Vancouver SUN [find report here] reported that Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander identified a skills shortage in Canada and the need for Canada to continue its policy of attracting new, skilled immigrants to the country. "ASTTBC has assumed a lead role in working to make sure those considering a move to Canada have as much information at their fingertips as possible, ideally BEFORE they uproot their family and move to Canada," said ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech. "ASTTBC has put in place a number of programs and policies designed to assist Internationally Trained Technology Professionals (ITTP) and we have more being developed." Read more
The BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) supported ASTTBC in three projects related to improving the integration of Internationally Trained Technology Professionals (ITTP) into the BC workforce.
The first project, One-year Canadian Work Experience, was designed to answer the question: what knowledge, skills and behaviors does a person with one or more years work experience in BC have compared to someone who has never worked in BC? For a reliable answer, ASTTBC organized employer consultations in eight BC locations. More than 90 people representing 83 employers participated. The responses from each consultation were almost identical. The shortage of competent technologists and technicians is a major concern for employers and may result in limiting the amount of work that companies may accept.
The performance indicators demonstrated by employees with one or two years experience were clustered into five competency areas. Each competency cluster has from eight to 12 observable and measurable indicators. The five clusters of competencies are: 1) English language communication skills; 2) Knowledge and application of discipline-specific codes, standards and practices; 3) Adapting to the Canadian business culture; 4) Personal attributes; and 5) Social, cultural and community integration.
The second project, Working in BC, used the information gleaned from the employer consultations to develop training resources for ITTPs that include a Working in BC workshop/webinar and accompanying study guide covering the key competency areas that BC employers consider important for entry and integration into the BC workplace. Each topic is supported by a brief video presentation of essential information. All the resources developed in this project are available at www.ittpbc.com including a collection of 12 videos made expressly for the ITTP engineering and technical community, and which cover a variety of topics of interest to ITTPs. They are publicly available, and the aim is that they will find an audience through the ASTTBC membership, their employers, the regional Immigrant Service Provider agencies and the mentors and mentees who are associated with ASTTBC.
The third project, called Preparation of Database Specifications, sought proposals to design, develop and implement a new database for ASTTBC. The new database will include a broader range of data capture fields, particularly for ITTPs, to produce enhanced services to applicants and improved report generation for ASTTBC, employers and the government. The knowledge gained from the BC Government-supported projects is now being applied to improve ASTTBC policies and services for all applicants regardless of their place of origin.
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? ASTTBC has a new job listing service called TechJOBS at www.asttbc.org/jobs where you can view active listings.
In addition to the CTEN national job posting service, TechJOBS is a member service whereby employers post new career opportunities on the ASTTBC website every week. Employers can find pricing details online. To book a posting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of ASTTBC shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and promote health and safety with the work place.
Amplification: 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.
Commentary: 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 corporate management 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 litigations, 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 omissions insurance.
The Greater Toronto area is initiating a program to engage 1,000 students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC) and ASTTBC have been working with BC School Districts to encourage them to ramp up technology courses leading to direct entry into technician or technologist programs at various post-secondary institutions throughout BC.
TWO School Districts are building technology programming in K-12: Kamloops and Vancouver. As well, the BC Government is initiating a special program to promote skilled trades and technologies, with a pilot starting in Metro Vancouver schools. Read more about the Toronto Initiative.
From January 7 - March 28, 2014, Camosun's 2nd year Civil Engineering Technology co-op students will be ready to work for you. Through education and previous work experiences these students will be ready to contribute skills in drafting/CAD, surveying, materials testing, design, and field services.
ASTTBC encourages you to post your career story at www.techprofile.ca. Connect with former colleagues get your name in front of 10,000 ASTTBC members and to the many visitors to the ASTTBC website.
Post your profile with photo, and if your name is mentioned in the e-News, it will be linked to your TechPROfile page. See the guide for posting your information at the TechPRO website.
From ASTTBC Community Representative Henry Murphy, AScT, to Executive Director John Leech, AScT, CAE: "Congratulations on being recognized by Okanagan College as one who has contributed so much towards the growth, especially in the Technologies, of Okanagan College. You have worked tirelessly over the many years I have known you towards this success. You have built a strong bond with the College for ASTTBC. Again, congratulations John, and well deserved I may add."
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on Continuing Professional Development and use the web site designed to help members record CPD activities.
There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, seminars and coming events on the ASTTBC website.
Here's just a sample if you follow the links:
Dig Safe BC Workshop, Fort St. John, October 23, 2013, Pomeroy Hotel - Follow link
Dig Safe BC Workshop, Kamloops, November 6, 2013, Thompson Rivers University - Follow link
Canadian Professional Management Services (CPMS) Leadership Programs - More info
BCIT's Part Time Studies More info
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