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.
The launch of PTech in January 2016 set the stage for the roll-out of the Professional Technologist designation in BC. While the criteria for certification was well crafted and would have served the needs in BC, expressions of concern were received from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of...View Post
The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC is providing a high-level look at the BC Budget as reported in the BC Legislature on February 21, 2017. There are a number of elements of the Budget that may be of interest to ASTTBC members and other stakeholders. “Delivering Dividends...View Post
The BCWWA and EOCP have been leading a labour market study focused on the BC water and wastewater industry. ASTTBC, a project stakeholder, along with many key industry leaders have been working to identify challenges and barriers experienced by the water and wastewater industry when it comes to recruiting and...View Post
SAFERHome Standards Society and ASTTBC have been working together to bring awareness to the building industry for the adoption and use of its 19-point SAFERhome Standards solution by advocating building standards and practices that focus on utilizing sustainable, adaptable designs for age-in-place solutions. New and retrofit homes which have the...View Post
Sam Sullivan MLA (Vancouver-False Creek) met ASTTBC CEO John Leech to talk about ASTTBC’s role in engaging people with diversabilities. “We had a great chat about a recent project completed in partnership with the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation in which ASTTBC took a snapshot of hiring practices...View Post