ASTTBC e-News, April 2014
ASTTBC e-News is broadcast to ASTTBC members and registrants, Honourary Members and our many partners and colleagues. ASTTBC e-NEWS contains the latest information about ASTTBC's role as a self-governing professional association of technology professionals and the many services provided by the association. Each issue is posted to the ASTTBC web site.
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Business in Vancouver has reported on four long term LNG licenses on the BC coastline, one in Squamish, two near Prince Rupert and a fourth in either Kitimat or Prince Rupert. The federal government regulates the export of LNG and the BC Government regulates their operation. As a professional regulatory body ASTTBC is monitoring large projects in BC such as LNG to determine the impact on Technology Professionals and issues such as skills shortage.
Message from the Hon. Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour
"BC's economy is growing in key sectors such as natural gas, mining, forestry, green technology and transportation. In fact, we anticipate more than 1 million job openings by 2020, and people with technical skills will be in high demand. This is a great time to be an applied science technologist or technician, and ASTTBC is playing a vital role in raising the profile of technology careers in BC. As Jobs Minister, I look forward to working closely with ASTTBC to ensure we are putting British Columbians first in line for technology jobs - now and in the future."
Hon. SHIRLEY BOND
For a LIMITED TIME we are offering a special EARLY BIRD RATE of $99 per person to attend the ASTTBC AGM & Conference.
Make plans to attend this year's event on FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey. The full day from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm includes a Continental Breakfast, AGM Business Session, Coffee Break, Awards Luncheon, Exhibitors and Panel Presenters. This year's event will include a panel of experts who will focus on the current and future need for technologists, technicians and technical specialists. You will receive an update on the affairs of your Association, network with other Technology Professionals and gain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.
Please visit our website to find out more information and to REGISTER to attend.
DON'T MISS OUT - REGISTER TODAY!
Hon. LINDA REID, Speaker of the BC Legislature connected with ASTTBC leaders at ACEC-BC Awards gala.
"It was great to say hello to Linda, who has been a longtime friend of ASTTBC, supporting and encouraging ASTTBC as it carries out its role as a professional regulatory body and in the promotion of technology education and careers," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT.
Linda renewed contact with ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford and met Registrar Charles Joyner.
"This brief conversation provided little opportunity for ASTTBC to brief Linda on current initiatives but helped profile ASTTBC's connection with consulting engineering companies," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT.
Linda was first elected in 2001 and is the longest serving Member in the current parliament.
A recent meeting with Minister of Education PETER FASSBENDER (MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood) and ASTTBC leaders focused attention on technology education and careers and the linkages between K-12, post-secondary and employment / careers.
ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, said after the meeting, "We had a great conversation, with the Minister taking an active and enthusiastic part in the dialogue about working together to better prepare BC youth for a career in technology."
ASTTBC reps talked about the Association's proposal to add technology courses in K-12 leading to dual credit - a high school Dogwood Certificate and credit toward a Certificate or Technology Diploma at a post-secondary institution. Brian Carr, a Public Representative on ASTTBC Council and ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, rounded out the ASTTBC team. ASTTBC presented Peter with an ASTTBC TECHNOLOGY SIZZLES apron.
The group talked about ASTTBC's new TECHNOLOGY SIZZLES - Get Cooking with ASTTBC campaign and the many initiatives ASTTBC sponsors to help draw attention to technology education and careers. Attracting women into tech careers was discussed with ideas flowing as to how we might address this in a more effective way. First Nations youth and community need for technologists and technicians rounded out career awareness topics. Future opportunities in infrastructure, proposals for LNG and Site C, were noted with the concern that as these and other projects rolled out in BC will need more highly skilled Technology Professionals.
SEE PHOTO of ASTTBC visiting with Minister of Education, Peter Fassbender.
The Ministry of Health is currently soliciting public feedback on the most recent version 3 Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual (SPM) consultation draft for wastewater practitioners.
The consultation forum is located on the MINISTRY OF HEALTH WEBSITE and will be running until May 30, 2014.
CANADIAN MANUFATURERS & EXPORTERS (CME) is pleased to announce its new project TACE (Technical Awareness Commitment Engagement and Alternative Careers), a job matching service to connect internationally trained engineers, technicians and technologists with positions to help them gain certification.
CME (Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters) British Columbia is pleased to have been selected as the national program lead for TACE, which aims to assist internationally trained engineers, technologists and technicians to integrate into the Canadian labour market.TACE will initially operate in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.
Marcus Ewert-Johns, Vice President, British Columbia, CME, commented, "We are pleased to be working with our partners in the Federal Government once again to deliver important programs to the benefit of manufacturers in our province and others. TACE will build on the success of our long-running E-MAP program and ensures BC's manufacturers can address their talent needs and subsequently innovate and grow their companies."
Engineering Mapping and Placement (E-MAP) focused on Internationally Trained Engineers (ITEs) who have traditionally been challenged to find employment in their fields and helped them transition into jobs, thereby addressing the skills shortage.
"We are excited that TACE, unlike E-MAP, will also be open to technologists and technicians. The re-designed program will continue the skills matching services that help internationally-trained professionals identify job opportunities and assist companies to gain skilled workers," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT.
"We are confident that this new program will be an important resource for the Internationally Trained Professionals in the engineering field to develop their careers, and contribute with their full potential to the Canadian society," said Fernando Borja, Acting President of the Society for Internationally Trained Engineers, BC Chapter.
The ASTTBC Foundation offers bursaries to qualifying first and second year students in ASTTBC-accredited technology programs in BC. Check the ASTTBC website for eligible programs and BURSARY SELECTION REQUIREMENTS.
Deadline to apply is July 31, 2014.
All AScT and CTech members in the Biomedical, Electrical and Electronic disciplines will have received a communication concerning EWP certification.
You are strongly encouraged to consider the broader implications of your work in the context of your Code of Ethics and the Electrical Safety and WorkSafeBC Regulations, specifically whether you need to start an EWP application process before difficulties arise.
ASTTBC commissioned two videos in the last couple of years to help draw attention to technology and science. Both videos were developed by THE KERPLUNKS, a great local group that produces music and music videos for youth. SEE THE FIRST TECHNOLOGY VIDEO. ASTTBC then decided in year two to create a music video that was broader and looked to get kids interested in Science. SEE THE EVERYDAY SCIENCE VIDEO.
"As we wrap up National Engineering and Geoscience Month it is useful to look back at recent ASTTBC initiatives to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT. "Once again in 2014 ASTTBC has had a solid showing for NEGM, with many activities jointly with APEGBC."
If you or a member of your family or any of your colleagues and friends need a house inspection we recommend inspectors registered with ASTTBC. We also suggest you tweet it out to your followers. Look for a Certified Home Inspector (CHI) or Certified Property Inspector (CPI) HERE.
Watch a NEW VIDEO produced by ASTTBC that helps showcase some elements of a house inspection, and feel free to pass the video along to others.
Mining Day 2014 is happening May 3rd at the Kamloops Big Little Science Centre. You can learn more about mining in BC by attending this FREE event co-hosted by the Kamloops Exploration Group (KEG) and the CIM South Central BC Branch. You can try a Heavy Equipment Stimulator, get your rocks identified and learn to gold pan.
ASTTBC is a long-time supporter of BIG Little Science Centre, and has donated more than $30,000 to support science and technology learning activities provided by the centre for kids of all ages.
ASTTBC Dues/Annual Renewal Invoicing for 2013
Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates, please note some important dates regarding ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES:
Third hard copy reminders were sent on March 13, 2014 and the dues are due and payable upon receipt. We encourage you to pay your dues online.
- A $25 LATE PAYMENT FEE has been applied to all late payments after March 31, 2014.
- A $75 FEE will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of dues to UNCANCEL and reinstate membership.
- Cancellation date is July 17, 2014.
Technical Specialist Groups Annual Renewal fee for 2014
All Building Design, Construction Safety, Electrical Work Practitioner, Fire Protection, House & Property Inspection, Onsite Wastewater, Public Works Inspection, Registered Reserve Fund Analyst, Registered Technology Manager, Site Improvement Surveying, Steel Detailing registrants will be invoiced for the annual renewal fee on April 17th and fees are due and payable before June 1, 2014.
- A $25 LATE PAYMENT FEE will be applied to all late payments after June 1, 2014.
- A $75 will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of fees to UNCANCEL and reinstate membership.
- CANCELLATION for non-payment will occur much earlier in 2014.
The Registered Technology Manager (RTMgr) designation was developed specifically for ASTTBC members who are now working as or looking to move up to positions of managing in a technology environment.
Currently, there are 35 members of ASTTBC qualified as Registered Technology Managers (RTMgr) or Provisional Managers (RTMgr(P)), each with recognized competencies in the following areas:
- Technical Specialist as Leader/Manager
- Human Resource Management
- Law for Business
- Project Management
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Business Strategy and Structure
- Technology Management Communication
- Technology Marketing Strategies
- Managing Technological Change
The designation has proven to be a powerful tool in the arsenal of technologists and technicians, giving that much deserved recognition as technology management professionals.
Applicants must be a member of ASTTBC and registered as either AScT or CTech. The applicant must also be in a position of management within a technology environment and meet the prescribed levels of experience, education and competency.
Take the leap and get registered today!
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Marv Woolley, AScT is a Life Member of ASTTBC. Marv retired from a successful career as a mechanical technologist working in a broad range of positions in manufacturing, production engineering and project management in the Greater Vancouver area. He then spent the next 24 years of his career with BCIT in the engineering technologies.
Marv's pride in being an ASTTBC member led him to many volunteering opportunities within the association. In addition to serving as a Provincial reviewer for the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board, he has served on numerous committees including his current posting as an Academic Evaluator as a member of the Board of Examiners.
His career highlights include when he became a certified member of ASTTBC, being recognized for contributing to the growth and development of BCIT as an Institute and being granted Life Membership in 1997 with ASTTBC.
ASTTBC is proud to have Marv as a Life Member. He continues to serve ASTTBC as a valued retired member. We thank him for all of his service.
View his TECHPROFILE
The ASTTBC Member Satisfaction Survey (MSS) is deployed to members every two years to gauge the Association's performance and to determine members' overall satisfaction levels. This year's results were yielded from 1000 respondents with a response rate of 11.7%, consistent with 2011's 12% rate of return for the survey.
Generally speaking, ASTTBC members have indicated a slight upward trend (about 5% net) in how they view ASTTBC's performance since 2009. Notable categories of members being satisfied or very satisfied (including average/neutral positions) include:
Governance and Administration of ASTTBC: 83.8%
Protecting the public interest through high standards of certification: 85%
Professional recognition of members to employers: 81.8%
Promoting the role and visibility of members: 82.3%
Overall Satisfaction: 84.7%
Some of the areas members suggest ASTTBC focus its resources (those indicating important or must do) include:
Securing defined rights to practice - 'QP Areas of Practice': 71.4%
Discuss joint initiatives with other professional associations: 71.5%
Increase public profile of ASTTBC and registrants: 76.7%
Develop positions on public policy issues: 62.3%
The survey continues to be an important measuring stick for ASTTBC and valuable tool in understanding the needs of members. We appreciate all those who participate to provide this important information.
For complete results, visit the ASTTBC website: List of COMPLETE RESULTS
The demand for qualified Technology Professionals in BC and globally is growing. BC faces a serious skills shortage, with thousands of technology jobs opening by 2020, while thousands of technology professionals will be retiring and must be replaced. Yet most young BC men and women - and their parents - overlook science and technology careers.
"That's why ASTTBC promotes the 'middle path' of two-year technical programs at BC's colleges, BCIT and universities," says ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT. "Applied science and technology education is the pathway to hot careers in today's world."
ASTTBC's new TECHNOLOGY SIZZLES initiative is turning up the heat on technology education and careers. For young graduates, male and female, First Nations and new Canadians, there's no better time to tap into a technology career.
In the past seven years, ASTTBC has invested significant resources promoting technology education and careers. The BC JOBS PLAN points to the need for many more engineering technologists and technicians in our rapidly changing world. ASTTBC is working with the BC and Canadian Governments to assure a sustainable supply of technology professionals to fuel our economy.
Follow @TECHSIZZLES on Twitter and we'll follow you back. Tweet the best thing you enjoy about your technology career using the hashtag #techsizzles for a chance to win a TECHNOLOGY Sizzles BBQ apron. We have 10 aprons to give away, so get cooking with ASTTBC!
SEE ASTTBC Council in their aprons
Tracy and Ryan Sparks both became Provisional Certified Home Inspectors in September 2013, making them the first ASTTBC Home Inspectors in Kamloops, BC.
They started CHECKHOUSE HOME INSPECTIONS in November 2013 and have been well received thanks to their ASTTBC designation.
"We are the first home inspection company in Kamloops to have two inspectors, a husband and wife team that are ASTTBC certified. That has given us a real topic of conversation when approaching others in the real estate and banking industry," says Tracy.
Ryan grew up in Kamloops and has been enjoying connecting with old friends again.
"Working together as a husband and wife team has its challenges but it is good to have someone who has been through the same training and has the same work ethic. We do see things differently sometimes but - as home inspectors-that's great for the client!"
Tracy has enjoyed the 'novelty' of being a female home inspector in a mainly male dominated field.
"Many women I've spoken to love the idea of having a female inspector and assume that I am more detail orientated-true! I also love the idea of educating our clients about their prospective home."
She was a presenter at the 'First Time Homebuyers Seminar' at the Kamloops Art Gallery on March 12th, a seminar to teach about the home buying process with information from an all female group.
ASTTBC members form part of an alliance of 10,000+ technology professionals in BC and over 55,000+ in Canada. They play an integral part of the teams that design, construct, inspect, test, maintain and manage much of our built and natural environment, taking pride in serving and protecting their communities. As 10,000+ members strong, valuable group benefits can be negotiated and accessed by our members at exclusive group rates, providing enhanced coverage and flexible limits-an added value to certification/registration with ASTTBC.
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex (TDMM) has been an ASTTBC group benefit partner since 2001. As a leading provider of group home and auto insurance, TDMM continually strives to provide our members with quality products and services at preferred group rates and attentive, professional customer service. In 2013, 507 members participated in the program, holding a total of 566 policies and generating $596,879 in annual written premiums; an increase of 3% in member participation, 4% in policies and 16% in written premiums.
LEARN MORE about available coverage options
- ASTTBC staff are working on an information bulletin for RFPT's regarding asbestos. The RFPT and their employers are to ensure compliance with WorkSafeBC.
- The BC OFC has information regarding, Training and Certification specific to Fire Inspection and Prevention Initiative (FIPI). The website is live! Any RFPT's working in these environments may want to take a look.
Go to the BC OFC WEBSITE
ASTTBC has been partnered for a couple of years with IEC-BC and several regional Immigrant Service Provider agencies to provide mentors to new immigrants who are seeking employment in all areas of the Engineering Sector in BC. We expect a number of requests to come our way over the next few months, and we'd like to have some names of volunteers ready to go when the need arises. Check out the MENTORING FAQ on the ITTP website and sign up if you're interested. An orientation session will be held within the next two months. If you're already an ASTTBC Mentor, we'd welcome you back! Please email GEOFF SALE and let him know if you're still available, or not.
Are you or your colleagues creating some innovative technology applications? Want to tell the technology community about it? Let us know. We'll gladly publish a story on your accomplishments.
Send 200 words or less to the E-NEWS EDITOR
Of the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. For more info on how students can start early, how parents can get involved, employer tools and resources, or how to change your career, go the BC JOBS PLAN WEBSITE.
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
Kais Osman, AScT, is a Quality Assurance Specialist in Burnaby, and a graduate of BCIT. In the past, he conducted materials testing and reviews of restraint elements for seismic designs, reviewed construction activities/materials, precast products, and performed condition surveys of infrastructures. Today he specializes in Quality Assurance (QA) and has worked on over 200 different projects, several of which as Project Manager.
- Vancouver International Airport expansion projects - QA
- Several BC Hydro Substations, Coquitlam UVD, and water treatment plants - QA
- Pattullo, Burrard, Granville, Dinsmore, and several other bridges - Condition Surveys
- Seymour - Capilano tunnels - Review of shotcrete application
- Ruskin Powerhouse - Concrete/facade restoration QA
"While working, I continued my education and proudly achieved my AScT designation in 2012," says Osman, "Through the registration process, I further learned about ASTTBC's commitment to its members and outstanding role in the community."
On Wednesday April 9th, BCWiT Chair Sarah Campden, CTech, RTMgr attended the Skills Canada Trades and Technology Workshop in Abbotsford, which was part of the annual BC Skills Competition. She along with many other women mentors in the trades and technology fields, were part of a panel discussion and "Try It" workshop sessions representing their fields. Sarah presented a slideshow about Civil Technology and facilitated two workshops, where girls in Grades 9-12 built structures out of dry spaghetti noodles and mini-marshmallows, and sail cars out of a few supplies that were provided. The girls were able to learn about technology careers they didn't know existed and show their skills when participating in the workshops. Once they got their hands on the materials, they wouldn't stop until they had reached their goal of completing their projects!
ASTTBC is encouraging members to consider attending the BCEIA Conference in Whistler, May 28 - 30. Major topics include:
- Trends in Remediation
- Spill Response
- Brownsfields/Urban Development
- Oil & Gas
- First Nations
- Risk and Environmental Assessment
- Emerging Remediation Technologies
CLICK for more information on the conference
ASTTBC launched a TechGREEN program to help inform members on sustainability.
CLICK for information on ASTTBC's TechGREEN program
The Economic Development Association of British Columbia (EDABC) will be putting on this summit June 8th to the 11th in Richmond. Join economic development professionals, industry, First Nations, local governments, and others to discuss best practices and how in today's changing economy you can choose Winning Strategies.
ASTTBC has a close working relationship with BCEDA and encourages members to attend.
Save $50 with Early Bird Registration on or before April 30th.
Conduct themselves with fairness, honesty, courtesy and good faith toward clients, colleagues and others, give credit where it is due and accept, as well as give, honest and fair professional comment.
(a) Members will not maliciously injure the character or the prospects of business of another member or individual, being as careful with a colleague's reputation as with their own.
(b) Members will exercise restraint when commenting upon the work of another member.
(c) Members will not, except in cases where review is usual and anticipated, evaluate the work of a fellow member without the knowledge of, and after communication with, that member where practicable.
(d) Members shall not attempt to supplant another member in a particular employment after becoming aware that definite steps have been taken toward the other's engagement.
(e) Members will not use the advantages of a salaried position to compete unfairly with another member.
(f) Members will not compete improperly by reducing charges to underbid a fellow member after having been informed of that member's charge.
(g) Members, when using designs supplied by a client or by a consultant, shall recognize and protect the ownership of the designs by the client or consultant and refrain from duplicating them for others without express permission.
(h) Members, before undertaking work for others which involves improvements, plans, designs, inventions or other records which may be copyrighted or patented, shall attempt to enter into an agreement regarding the ownership of such copyrights or patents.
(i) Members shall provide, when requested, a frank but private appraisal of employees or of members being considered for employment.
(j) Members will not use an affiliation with a non-member, a corporation or a partnership as a'cloak' for unethical acts or to avoid acceptance of personal responsibility.
(k) Members will refrain from distorting or altering facts in an attempt to justify decisions or avoid responsibilities.
(l) Members will advise the client or employer when it appears that a project will not be in the best interests of the client, employer or the public.
(m) Whenever possible, members shall acknowledge contributions of others for work with which the member is associated and name those who were individually responsible for designs, inventions, writings or other accomplishments.
(n) Members shall be open and receptive to new approaches or criticisms offered in a positive vein, and not overly defensive regarding preconceived positions.
(o) Members may promote and advertise their work or abilities provided that:
- the advertising preserves the public interest by reporting accurate and factual information which neither exaggerates nor misleads,
- the advertising does not impair the dignity of the members or profession,
- the statements do not convey criticism of other members directly or indirectly.
(p) Members will not offer to pay or agree to pay either directly or indirectly, any commission, political contribution, gift, or other considerations in order to secure work.
(q) Members will not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one interested party for the same service, or for services pertaining to the same work, unless there is full disclosure to, and consent of, all interested parties.
(r) Members will not accept financial or other considerations, including free services, from material or equipment suppliers as a reward for specifying their product.
(s) Members will not accept commissions or allowances, directly or indirectly, from contractors or other parties dealing with their clients or employer in connection with work for which they are responsible.
(t) Members will endeavor to provide prospective employees with complete information on working conditions and proposed status of employment and after employment, keep them informed of any changes in such conditions or status.
Unless convinced that responsibility to the community demands it, members will not express professional opinions that reflect on the ability or integrity of another person or organization.
Contacting a member whose work is to be reviewed not only is a professional courtesy but also provides the opportunity for the exchange of pertinent information, which would assist in the review. If the results of such a review demonstrate safety or environmental concerns, it is mandatory that the member responsible for the work be contacted again to review these concerns in order to provide the member with an opportunity to comment prior to further action (see also Principle 9).
If a client requests a review of the work of a member and further stipulates that this member not be contacted, the client should be advised that these instructions are contrary to the spirit and intent of the Code of Ethics.
Members are entitled to review and evaluate the work of other members when so required by their employment duties and when the experience and knowledge is appropriate. For an adequate review it may be important to be aware of the nature and conditions attached to the assignment handled by the first member. Open communication should exist between the two members so that the reviewing member understands underlying assumptions and so that the first member has an opportunity to respond to any comments or criticisms. If a document is simply being read for information it is not being evaluated. The essence of evaluating is that the document be read in a critical manner and that the statements are confirmed or rejected by the reader.
This process of criticism is not limited to the obvious formal full techniques of analysis and calculation; it can be quite informal and based simply upon experience.
Members, when accepting assignments, should ensure this subject is introduced in pre-contract discussions. They should not continue to seek employment on a specific engagement after being advised that another member has been selected.
Members should not engage in outside technological work to an extent prejudicial to their salaried position. Members should not use the influence of a salaried position to direct clients to an office in which they have a financial interest.
Members should not use equipment, supplies, and laboratory or office facilities of their employer to carry on outside practice without the employer's consent.
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the web site designed to help members record CPD activities.
ASTTBC AGM - Business Meeting... and GREAT CPD
The ASTTBC AGM and professional development day is fast approaching. We hope you are planning to join us. A great day has been planned. And YES, the AGM is full of useful information on the work of the association. During the meeting ASTTBC leaders will present:
- a full report on the activities in the past year
- the auditor's report for fiscal 2013
- a report from the Public Representatives
- a report from the Nominating Committee
- a number of certificates to 25, 40 and 50 year members
The morning will round out with an excellent panel discussion on technology careers. At lunch the Minister of Advanced Education, AMRIK VIRK will address the meeting and a few special awards will be presented. Bringing the day to a sizzling close will be a panel of experts talking about current and future developments that drive the BC economy.
Don't miss the opportunity to hear some great presentations and network with members and reps from aligned associations and organizations.
Please visit our website to find out more information and to REGISTER to attend.
To update your ASTTBC contact information, please LOGIN and use our online form.
There are links to many worthwhile professional development opportunities, SEMINARS AND COMING EVENTS on the ASTTBC website. Stay current and grow your capacity as Technology Professionals!
Here's just a sample if you follow the links:
Quality Control in Mineral Exploration: Controlling the Quality of Data, Vancouver, April 30, 2014
NEGM - Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition 2014 , Kitimat, May 3rd, 2014
Design Engineering Expo-DEX, Coquitlam, May 6th, 2014
Thank-you for reading our April E-News and have a wonderful May!