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.
Executive Director of the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC), Dave Crossley, and ASTTBC CEO John Leech had a great working lunch during which they talked areas of common interest such as Continuing Professional Development / Learning, mandatory reporting of CPD/CPL, association roles in promoting, developing and delivering CPD/CPL, local activities...View Post
Each ASTTBC staff member is ‘INVESTED’ in their work – a message that emerged from the 2016 ’staff retreat’. Each year staff gets away from the office for a day to review key elements of business, learn something new and participate in a team building activity. This year we had...View Post
Sukh Johal, Technical Manager and Mid-rise Technical Lead for Wood WORKS! BC provided ASTTBC members with an informative tour of the UBC Brock Commons on July 14th. When completed, the UBC Brock Commons will be one of the tallest wood buildings in the world. Providing much needed housing for approximately...View Post
ASTTBC CEO John Leech gifted an ASTTBC eagle feather to PWABC Executive Director Jeannette Austin during a recent meeting. The two met at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria to review the linkages between the Public Works Association BC (PWABC), Public Works Inspectors Society (PWIS) and ASTTBC. Key topics discussed included:...View Post
ASTTBC hats travelled to Uganda with member Patrick Cochrane, AScT who volunteers as a Survey Practicum Lead for Engineering Ministries International (EMI). In the above photo, survey practicum students prepare for a survey mission to Lira, Uganda. Since 2012, Patrick has spent his summers in Uganda sharing his technical knowledge and...View Post