ASTTBC e-News, April 2015
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 website.
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The 2015 ASTTBC Member Compensation Survey is ready! ASTTBC is calling on all members to participate in the survey, which allows us to provide a comprehensive report on member compensation levels across disciplines and against experience. As a reminder, personal information on remuneration is never shared, just the numbers and disciplines.
As a bonus, those who complete the survey will be entered into a draw for some great prizes.
The council of ASTTBC has decided Professional Technologist -PTech- will be launched in 2015. Work has commenced and a formal release will be issued May 4th, 2015. Watch for a broadcast email on the morning of May 4th.
If you wish to learn more about PTech, we encourage your participation in a 30 minute webinar during which ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS , will outline the key elements of the PTech framework, timeline for the launch, and requirements for applying for PTech.
DATE: May 4th, 2015
TIME: 12:00 Noon
(Suggest you login at about 11:55)
The ASTTBC photo contest during National Engineering & Geoscience Month was, by all accounts, a successful initiative, with 120 entries! The initial review of all photos has been completed and 20 have been forwarded to the adjudication committee to select those who will be awarded prizes. THANKS to all who took the time to send in their work photograph. Watch for the final results with the May issue of ASTT eNEWS. Results will also be posted to the ASTTBC web site.
The Design Engineering Expo (DEX) is coming to Coquitlam on May 5th, 2015. ASTTBC is again proud to be an association partner and will be at the event to represent technologists, technicians and technical specialists. The show will feature the latest design and manufacturing technologies for the OEM market.
REGISTER for FREE today. Enter tracking code 'asttbc' so they know we sent you!
ASTTBC member Don Ta, GradTech and his project partner Jeff Shinoki, both recent graduates of BCIT's Biomedical Engineering Technology Program recently captured 3rd place in a National Technology Report Writing Competition. The final report was the result of extensive work done by the pair to complete the Biomedical Engineering Technology Project course where students are required to design and develop a medical device with detailed specifications, a project plan, scheduling of the project and a final report.
The report details a device called the Interfacing Bluetooth Technology or ibTech that is designed, and developed for people with limited motor functions to be able to interact with the Apple iPad and iPhones, using Bluetooth and Gazepoint eye-tracking technology to improve accessibility.
Some examples of the function of the device include easing the ability for people to access the internet, using the phone function, sending and receiving text messages, reading eBooks, watching videos, and accessing music on their IOS device just to name a few.
"This is a testament not only of the caliber of students graduating from this program but the high quality of training received from BCIT", indicates Jason Jung, AScT, Manager or Professional Practice & Development.
ASTTBC's Geoff Sale who was involved in judging the competition, also indicated that the quality of technical reports submitted by students around the country was impressive.
Adds Geoff, "This was a difficult competition with a lot of high quality reports submitted. Don and Jeff submitted a great project and report and should be proud of this exceptional achievement".
Building on the success of their design and working prototype, the pair hope to find a way in the future to bring the ibTech device to the commercial market.
ASTTBC Council has approved in principle and for discussion purposes the ROWP Practice Guide, March 19th, 2015. ASTTBC is asking all ROWPs and other interested parties to review the document and submit comments and suggestions. With your assistance we will be assured of the best possible document before it is officially approved for use. Your EMAIL feedback is requested by May 31st, 2015.
After we receive all input we will make adjustments and post again, likely toward the end of summer 2015. This fall ASTTBC will take the amended paper to the Onsite Wastewater Registration Board and Practice Review Board for their endorsement. We plan to take the Practice Guide document to the ASTTBC Council in January 2016 for final approval.
A special thank you to Jim Andersen, ROWP as the lead author and several members of staff, the Onsite Wastewater Registration Board and others for reviewing the document.
And... THANK YOU, the ASTTBC members, for your assistance in reviewing this important professional practice guide.
See the ROWP PRACTICE GUIDE
We would like to thank the following people for volunteering their time at the ASTTBC booth at the Home Show in Kamloops on April 11th and 12th:
Ryan Sparks, CHI
Tracy Sparks, CHI
Dave Brice, CHI, RRFA (L)
Teralynn Ledger, GradTech (Building)
Charlotte Shaw, AScT
Lindsay Tithecott, CTech
The event took place at the Kamloops McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, and with over 6700 people in attendance, these volunteers were certainly busy!
ASTTBC would like to thank all of the volunteers who help run our organization. Your good work has not gone unnoticed!
During National Engineering Month, BCWiT was invited to be a mentor at the 2nd annual Hooked on STEM event at the University of Victoria. The event was hosted by Science Venture, a member of Actua. Actua provides training, resources and support nationally to universities and colleges in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and math education.
70 girls from the Science Venture Saturday science club participated in a scavenger hunt, mentor visits and various workshops to expose them to careers in the STEM fields. BCWiT volunteers answered questions and distributed ASTTBC materials to the girls and their parents.
Dan Lambert, PEng, the Managing Director of the Engineers (APEGBC) back in the mid-70s to mid-80s and a Honourary Member of ASTTBC recently received the rank of Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour from the French Government.
"What a great surprise to learn of this honour," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE, who had dinner with Dan, "At 97, Dan was his usual effervescent self as we carried on a great conversation over dinner. Dan and I find time to dine together a few times each year. It is always a treat."
Lithium-ion batteries may be on their last charge.
Stanford University researchers have unveiled the world's first long-lasting, fast-charging, inexpensive aluminum battery. The Stanford team said the technology could replace many commercial batteries in use today, including the lithium-ion batteries that power everything from iPhones to pacemakers to Tesla Motors' electric cars.
"We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames," Stanford chemistry professor and co-lead author, Hongjie Dai, said in a news release.
Another major benefit of the technology is safety. "Our new battery won't catch fire, even if you drill through it," Dr. Dai said.
It's the cost of aluminum, however, that could really push the prototype toward wide adoption. Using the relatively common, inexpensive metal would cut the cost of batteries significantly.
Inventors, scientists and technologists of all kinds have been busy creating many new products:
- a sci-fi cloaking device that could protect soldiers from shock waves
- a new camera sensor that eliminates need for flash
- a child-invented device that may calm dogs' separation anxiety
- a windshield coating that repels frost
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
ASTTBC members have the opportunity to share their technology career path and achievements by posting their profiles on the TechPROfile WEBSITE.
TechPROfile was established eight years ago to give our technologists, technicians and technical specialists the opportunity to promote their careers as well as inform the general public of the scope of work covered by ASTTBC members. The site has grown over time and there are approximately 300 profiles currently on the site... we have room for MORE!
To make it easier for our members there is now a VIDEO available that explains how to create and update your TechPROfile. We encourage our members to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase their careers and field of work.
In a recent Journal article, it was claimed by the B.C. Construction Safety Alliance that there are serious issues over the construction safety designation in B.C. between their Construction Safety Specialist (CSS) and our Construction Safety Officer (CSO) designations.
Nothing could be more misguided. The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. (ASTTBC) is a professional regulatory body, mandated by provincial statute whose standards of ethics and independence resonates with business, industry and safety practitioners.
The ASTTBC Construction Safety Officer certification program is unique in Canada. It offers a three-tiered certification model that allows members to build towards a career in construction safety. All designations awarded are protected by Provincial Statute and Federal Trademark. Members enter as a Provisional CSO and work their way up the ladder to CSO and finally Registered CSO.
The initial training (competencies) are generally obtained through a CSO training course delivered by independent training agencies, accredited by the ASTTBC. Certification also requires applicants to meet strict qualification criteria including an ethics and professionalism in practice exam. Meeting this standard results in award of the in-training certification level, Provisional CSO.
However, this is only the beginning. Each year, to maintain certification, all members of the ASTTBC must acquire continuing professional development (CPD) points, which must be recorded on the member's CPD log within the ASTTBC website. Graduating to a full CSO, requires a minimum of three years experience, plus annual CPD, which means the CSO will have accumulated more than 220 hours of verifiable training.
The CSO must then practice as a Construction Safety Officer for a full two additional years before being eligible for reclassification to Registered CSO.
The Registered CSO or RCSO as it's called, is a senior construction safety professional eligible only to those CSOs with a minimum of five years of experience plus some 320 hours of verifiable training and continual learning. This is in stark contrast to certificates, handed out by provincial construction associations.
The value of this distinction is not lost on safety professionals. The Jan/Feb edition of Occupational Health and Safety Canada magazine questioned the credibility of provincial construction association certificates saying, "the fact that the certification body is typically the same organization that administers the certification and conducts the training presents a conflict of interest, which takes a toll on the certification's credibility. You are buying a credential from someone selling it."
Astute and prudent employers are demanding a distinct distance between the organization providing/selling the training and the jurisdiction awarding a certification. Moreover, there is a growing call for higher standards of competency, opportunity for career progression, clear ethics policy and mandatory continuing education.
This is the ASTTBC CSO Certification Program.
There is also the ongoing question of who is considered qualified within the WorkSafeBC's OH&S Regulation.
We look to Section 1.1 definition of qualified: "being knowledgeable of the work, the hazards involved and the means to control the hazards, by reason of education, training, experience or a combination thereof."
This simply means that a Provisional CSO, CSO or RCSO is commonly recognized as being qualified based on that individual's competency and experience as judged by their employer and the WorkSafeBC board officer.
So, what does all this mean?
The ASTTBC's commitment to standards of competency, accountability and independence ensures the credibility of the Provisional CSO, CSO and RCSO certifications.
This credibility is the reason that the ASTTBC will continue to provide a critically important and independent option for the certification of construction safety practitioners.
No other construction safety designation comes close to the ASTTBC member's level of accountability and commitment.
There is no battle brewing.
In celebration of International Women's Day, ASTTBC / BCWiT helped sponsor a special International Women's Day Breakfast hosted by Hon. Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development, Barinder Rasode, and Yvonne Hogenes.
This year's theme, #MakeItHappen, represented an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women as well as highlight the work still to do in pursuit of equality.
ASTTBC sponsored 16 ASTTBC female members and staff to attend. Included were student members from KPU and BCIT who heard inspirational stories by local women who really Make It Happen.
Karen Taylor, Manager of Member Services & Operations at ASTTBC, said, "It is remarkable how strong the human spirit can be during times of adversity. Hearing their stories and walking away feeling inspired and believing we had the ability to overcome any life challenge was empowering!".
Money raised from this event went to Servants Anonymous Society of Surrey, an organization created to help exploited females with securing housing and life skills. ASTTBC also presented SAS with a $500 cheque to help towards this worthy cause.
SEE photo of event
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Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), a new, world class accreditation model for the engineering technology and applied science profession, has officially opened its doors and launched full operations following the successful completion of its pilot project with a Canadian college.
The product of three years of development and testing to achieve rigorous and consistent national accreditation, TAC is now ready to assist all educational institutions in accrediting their programs as it receives enquiries and applications for accreditations from Canadian educational institutions.
TAC takes the accreditation process to the next level through objective documentation, competency definition/measurement and quality assessment, and ensures auditor competency through specialized training, testing and monitoring. Accreditation decisions are based on the program meeting clearly defined criteria and not on the subjective approval of a board of directors. Second-level process and annual reviews by TAC's governance and audit council guarantee consistency and integrity in TAC's national accreditation process.
"What this means is unprecedented quality assurance in the accreditation process for our educational institutions. Graduates from TAC-accredited programs are ready to start exciting, fulfilling careers in a diverse range of Canadian technology fields," said Sam DiGiandomenico, TAC Executive Director.
A national organization with offices in Toronto, TAC recently concluded work on its pilot accreditation project with Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Georgian College's electrical engineering technology program was the focus of the pilot and received the inaugural accreditation. TAC grants accreditation for five years only after which time a new accreditation must take place.
MORE info on TAC
The new Building Act has passed through the final Legislative process, achieving Royal Assent on March 25th, 2015. This sets the stage for regulations to be developed and approved, following which key programs such as licensing of Building Officials will follow.
In a message sent out from Jeff Vasey, Assistant Deputy Minister, Office of Housing and Construction Standards, he indicated that the focus now shifts to the implementation of the BUILDING ACT and he wanted to stress two important items:
Timing of changes: None of the Act comes into force at Royal Assent. Sections will be brought into force after the necessary supporting regulations are prepared. Local governments will have two years to rescind local building requirements from their bylaws starting from the time the appropriate sections of the Building Act come into force. Similarly, requirements for building officials will be staged in over four years from the time the appropriate sections of the Act come into force. The Act was designed to provide for transition periods to give those affected by these changes ample time to prepare.
More information: The Province will be providing information to help those affected by the Building Act. They are preparing a Building Act Guide and will be posting it to their website. The guide and website information will be rolled out as the supporting regulations are prepared, and will be shared widely. In addition, they are planning other educational support such as webinars and presentations. Through these efforts, they hope to answer stakeholder questions regarding the act and resulting changes.
"It is an historic day for BC. This statute will provide the much-needed foundational framework for regulating BC's built environment," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE. "We congratulate Minister Coleman who has led the building file for the better part of a decade. Ministry staff under the leadership of Assistant Deputy Minister Jeff Vasey should also take a bow as their dedication and commitment to this initiative has not wavered in the decade it has taken to bring this legislation to reality. We salute you!"
ASTTBC President Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS led a Council Update Webinar on March 11th, during which the question was asked, "Do you support ASTTBC introducing PTech in BC?" The response was clear and strong: YES - 93% NO - 7%
On January 29th, 2015 the ASTTBC Council unanimously agreed to proceed with the implementation of PTech as is provided for in the ASTT Regulation.
"I am advised that ASTTBC members, in every poll or survey we have conducted, overwhelmingly support PTech. At long last the ASTTBC Council is moving ahead", enthused President Rutherford.
PTech was first added to the ASTT Regulation in 2005 but council has not acted on this enabling section of the regulation as they waited for a consensus across Canada as to whether PTech would have a foundation in much, if not all, of Canada.
"With four other associations now using PTech the council decided it is time to move ahead," concluded Rutherford.
ASTTBC Council is working with the CEO and other staff to pull together the implementation plan and strategies to achieve full implementation in 2015.
In a poll taken during the latest ASTTBC Council Update Webinar, ASTTBC members were asked the question, "Do you believe ASTTBC members should have the right to practice independently where they have the competencies?" The response was loudly in favour:
YES - 98%
NO - 2%
ASTTBC REGULATION 4.1 and 4.2 defines the Scope of Practice for Technologists/Technicians and Technical Specialists respectively:
"Over time ASTTBC has managed to secure 'Qualified Professional' (QP) recognition as a means of recognizing and enabling the technical talent that resides with the members of ASTTBC," stated ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, CAE, "While it is a slow process, we are making headway and this trend will continue as the BC government and various regulatory bodies look to ALL proficiencies and professional registrations to be consider for QP recognition."
ASTTBC members achieved a key recognition when the Environment Act was changed some 10 years ago. The definition of a Qualified Professional in that statute is 'applied scientist or technologist'. The Oil and Gas Commission includes ASTTBC members as Reclamation Specialists. Registered Fire Protection Technicians, Certified House Inspectors and Certified Property Inspectors and Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioners all have rights to practice.
ASTTBC has posted information on RIGHTS TO PRACTICE
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ASTTBC Dues/Annual Renewal Invoicing for 2015
Technologists, Technicians, Graduate Technologists and Associates, please note some important dates regarding ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES.
Third hard copy reminders were sent on February 18th, 2015 and the dues are due and payable upon receipt.
Phone campaign for ASTTBC members is underway, if you get a call please get your questions and concerns addressed in regards to your membership and annual dues.
We encourage you to pay your dues online.
A $25 LATE PAYMENT FEE has been applied to all late payments after January 31st, 2015.
A $75 FEE will be applied after membership is cancelled for non-payment of dues to UNCANCEL and reinstate membership.
Cancellation is at the end of May 2015.
TECHNICAL SPECIALIST GROUPS ANNUAL RENEWAL FEE FOR 2015
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 were sent electronic invoices for the annual renewal fee on April 7th and fees are due and payable before June 1st, 2015.
Hard copy invoices will be mailed April 27th, 2015.
A $25 LATE PAYMENT FEE will be applied to all late payments after the first week of June.
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 2015.
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
Tim Murphy, AScT, MBA is a Surrey-based Senior Transportation Project Manager, for Parsons Canada Ltd.
When asked why he became a Technology Professional, Tim responded:
"I was a young man serving in the Canadian Armed Forces in Germany wondering what I was going to do with the rest of my life. One day I met two engineers surveying for a new road, and I knew instantly that was what I wanted to do."
Tim is a Past President of ASTTBC and still serves on two committees with ASTTBC. He currently sits on five committees for the Transportation Association of Canada dealing with the geometric design of roads and road safety engineering. Tim teaches Urban Traffic Engineering as a night school course at BCIT.
Some of his career highlights include becoming an AScT with ASTTBC, getting a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and becoming a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
ASTTBC is very thankful for the volunteer work Tim has been doing. Thank you Tim!
This year marks the 15th anniversary of McCue Engineering Contractors, an award-winning Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver BC. McCue has provided specialized contracting services to consulting, engineering, mining, oil & gas and industrial sector clients in Canada and the US since its inception in 2000. The company started as a proprietorship in 2000 when the president, Chris McCue, AScT, recognized a potential niche in environmental contracting specific to the installation, operation and maintenance of brownfield remediation systems. Chris' education and experience perfectly suited the opportunity and he occupied the niche.
The company expanded its services to include engineering, and later moved into mine water treatment and industrial wastewater treatment. Chris' goal was to create a "boutique" construction company; one that provides a quality product at a reasonable price, with emphasis on customer service. McCue has successfully accomplished this for the past 15 years.
On achieving this milestone, President Chris McCue commented:
"There have been a lot of changes over the years - new sectors, new office, new look, but I'm most proud of what has remained the same, our team. We have a great group of people with varying experience, able to work collaboratively on complicated projects — it doesn't get better than that!"
McCue's industry-leading work in mine and industrial water treatment, and in situ remediation technologies, and their dedication to innovation and sustainability earned them a corporate TechGREEN award in 2013 from ASTTBC.
LEARN MORE about McCue
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.
Looking for a new challenge or job opportunity? Visit ASTTBC's TECHJOBS website to view our current postings.
Unicast Inc. is seeking a Mechanical Designer - Engineering in Kelowna, BC.
Members must immediately report any hazardous, illegal or unethical conduct of which they become aware and take all measures required to correct or block the conduct. This principle is not limited to the work place.
Through informal contact, normal working relationships, or special circumstances such as design reviews, one member may develop the opinion that the work of another member is deficient. The inadequacies may arise from unskilled practice and/or unprofessional conduct.
If the immediate physical safety of the public is in jeopardy, speedy notification of the owner, operator or appropriate regulatory authorities is the immediate duty of the member. Prompt notification is necessary to prevent potential harm to the public through the continuation of unacceptable practices. Members have a responsibility to be aware of hazards to society created by their profession, and also have a responsibility to report unethical practice, unskilled practice or unprofessional conduct so it may be dealt with through the disciplinary process.
Some hazards are slow to develop, yet are of potentially great danger, such as chemical waste disposal.
Such actions should be reviewed with the same concern for maximum public protection and minimum environmental impact.
Ignoring unprofessional practices, either for expediency or sympathy, may indirectly endanger the public and is contrary to a member's responsibility of self-regulation that is practiced within the Association.
Intentionally refraining from reporting substantive breaches of the Code of Ethics on the part of another member therefore constitutes unprofessional conduct.
ASTTBC registrants are encouraged to review ASTTBC's policy on CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and use the website designed to help members record CPD activities.
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:
ASTTBC KELOWNA AREA MEMBERS BREAKFAST MEETING
Kelowna BC, May 1st, 2015
DEX DESIGN ENGINEERING EXPO - USE PROMO CODE: ASTTBC FOR FREE ADMISSION
Coquitlam BC, May 6th, 2015
CPMS PRESENTS - DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP SKILLS
Prince George BC, May 11th-13th, 2015
Thank-you for reading our April e-News and have a wonderful May!