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.
On June 28, 2018, the BC Government released the Professional Reliance Review report for the natural resources sector. Throughout the month of July, ASTTBC and the four other Professional Association representatives have met with Government for seven separate four-hour meetings, to discuss the first two recommendations in the report, which Government...View Post
Trent Schibli, AScT is a Quality Control Manager with Mackay Contracting. Trent took a job with Mackay after working with them in his role in Materials Testing. Trent’s title of Quality Control Manager was made official in January of 2018. He pursued the upgrade of his accreditation from GradTech to...View Post
For the third year, ASTTBC and EGBC joined together to organize and host the Annual Harvest Golf and Dinner event in Kelowna on 13 July. A record 52 players took part in a great day of golf, fun, prizes and dinner at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Course. Bruce Stevens, AScT, ASTTBC Regional...View Post
In 2017 the BC Government began a Professional Reliance Review (PRTR) announced by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman. This initiative is a ‘first of its kind’ in BC for many decades and will most certainly lead to changes in the oversight of professional associations and...View Post
June 21st marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, which recognizes and celebrates the history, value, achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada. ASTTBC is proud to highlight member, Dawn McGrath, AScT, ROWP, for work with First Nations communities to strengthen the impact of technology-based programs. McGrath,...View Post