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 BC Government tabled the 2018 Budget this week, announcing funding for technology education, infrastructure projects, skills training for indigenous people and support for newcomers. “I see solid focus in areas of concern to business and industry, in particular the critical need for more engineering technologists and technicians. In January...View Post
The Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Bruce Ralston (MLA for Surrey Whalley) attended an ASTTBC reception at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford and connected with many of the 100 members and guests. Bruce noted the important role of ASTTBC engineering technologists, technicians and technical specialists and indicated that Government appreciates...View Post
Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) and the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) have reached an agreement to work collaboratively to develop one set of national standards for Canada’s engineering technology and applied science profession. The standards are a set of learning outcomes for technicians and technologists. Applicable at the...View Post
On Friday, February 16th, more than 100 ASTTBC Members and friends attended a Special ‘After Work’ Session at the Sheraton Guildford in Surrey. This event was the perfect opportunity for colleagues to network and share information on the Association’s activities. This Special Session kicked off ASTTBC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration and...View Post
The Minister of Environment, George Heyman, was asked in the BC Legislature as to what Government is doing serious incidents such as the Mount Polley Mine disaster. Minister Heyman, the lead of BC Government’s Professional Reliance Review (PR Review), responded (from BC Government Hansard): “The incident, the environmental disaster, perhaps...View Post