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.
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.
(Photo Credit to 20th Century Fox) Technologist and technician occupations have been growing at a rate of 3.5% a year compared to 1.7% across all occupations, a remarkable difference. ASTTBC notes other sectors facing skills needs. For example, BC Business picked up on a report by the CBC that the film industry,...View Post
ASTTBC CEO John Leech and staff have been working with a number of First Nations including Westbank and Musqueam to develop the PWT, a new Technical Specialist program which will see a full launch in 2017. “I met recently with Westbank First Nation to review the merits of the program....View Post
150 members of ASTTBC participated in an ASTTBC UPDATE Webinar, during which a number of questions were posed to the participants. 45% of the members who took part in the webinar indicated that they are ‘likely’ to apply for PTech. ASTTBC pursues full implementation of PTech in BC, while taking into account opportunities...View Post
The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) President, Bob van Den Berg and CEO David Thompson hosted a ‘presidents dinner’ after their 2016 AGM. Eric Amphlett (left in photo above), President of Alberta’s Association (ASET) and ASTTBC President, Keith Trulson were soon put to work pouring beer...View Post
A summer meet at Minister Amrik Virk’s constituency office, a few blocks from the ASTTBC office, served as the venue for a creative chat about technology, ASTTBC members’ role in contributing to BC’s economy, and subjects of common interest to the Ministry and ASTTBC. Amrik Virk is Minister of Technology,...View Post