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 has proclaimed September as Disability Employment Month. ASTTBC continues to create a distinct role for the Association as a facilitator in connecting people with disabilities and employers. At the 2016 Annual Meeting ASTTBC was pleased to welcome special speakers Randy Lewis and The Honourable Stephanie Cadieux. It...View Post
On September 26, 1985 by BC Government Order in Council 1820 the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians Act (ASTT Act) was proclaimed and the Society of Engineering Technologists of BC became ASTTBC. The professional titles Certified Engineering Technologist and Certified Engineering Technician (CET) were dropped and members were designated as...View Post
Jack Davidson, President and CEO of BC Road Builders, is the new Chair of the BCIT Board of Directors. A new appointment to the Board is Colin Smith, PEng, a Past President of APEGBC and also an Honourary Member of ASTTBC. Read BCIT media releaseView Post
(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