ASTTBC e-News, January 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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While this message from Mr. Hanks is tied to the USA, the context is applicable in Canada.
"It is good to see prominent public personalities talking about the value of the 'middle path' of careers whose foundation is the community college, technical institute and, in BC, some universities," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT, who has been a champion for technical careers for the last 40+ years.
Provincial Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond and federal Minister of Employment and Social Development, Jason Kenney, join Tom Hanks as strong supporters of community colleges.
"Many parents do not fully appreciate the value of a 'middle path' career and have, most certainly in the past, directed their children to university education. This is changing, slowly, as more and more parents and youth opt for a trades career."
ASTTBC has invested significantly in the past decade promoting technology education and careers, including working with and through the BC and federal governments on programs and resources designed to enhance opportunities for Internationally Trained Technology Professionals and in the process elevate awareness of technology careers.
"ASTTBC led initiatives through partner agreements with Employment and Social Development Canada and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training," enthused John Leech. "These agreements served as a catalyst for action, producing resources that will assure a much more effective service by ASTTBC."
VIEW the Tom Hanks piece entitled 'I Owe It All to Community College' in the New York Times.
One of the important ways ASTTBC connects with the science and technology community across the province is by participating as a sponsor of industry and education events. Here are a few of the notable events coming up that are supported by ASTTBC:
Silver Sponsor of Premier's BC NATURAL RESOURCE FORUM January 20-22, 2015 in Prince George.
Gold Sponsor of the TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE 2015, January 28, 2015, presented by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-BC, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and TransLink, in Burnaby.
Gold Sponsor of the Western Canada Onsite Wastewater Management Association of BC (WCOWMA-BC) CONVENTION February 12-15, 2015 in Abbotsford.
Bronze Sponsor of the ASSOCIATION OF BC FOREST PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE & AGM, February 18-20, 2015 in Nanaimo.
Gold Sponsor of the Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of British Columbia (SPEATBC) DINNER AND AWARDS BANQUET on February 21, 2015 in Surrey.
Bronze Sponsor of the CHBA BC ANNUAL GEORGIE AWARDS, to be held on February 27, 2015 in Vancouver.
Title Sponsor of the OKANAGAN COLLEGE ANNUAL SPAGHETTI BRIDGE BUILDING CONTEST, to be held on March 6, 2015.
Gold Sponsor of the WOOD DESIGN AWARDS OF BC, Canadian Wood Council (WoodWORKS!), to be held on March 2, 2015 in Vancouver
Silver Sponsor of ASSOCIATION OF BC LAND SURVEYORS AGM, to be held March 19-20, 2015 in Penticton.
Nominations are requested for election to the council of ASTTBC. Each submission must be supported by the signatures of 10 certified members (AScT or CTech in accordance with the ASTT Act), as well as the consent and signature of the nominee. Nominations to council are open to Applied Science Technologists and Certified Technicians and must be received by the Nominating Committee Chair by Saturday, February 21st, 2015.
Mail: Bill MacPherson, AScT, Chair, ASTTBC Nominating Committee, 10767 - 148 Street, Surrey, BC, V3R 0S4
FAX: 604.585.2790 or EMAIL us
Camosun College is looking for support from ASTTBC members and their employers for the future Grads from the Civil, Mechanical and Computer Systems Technology programs. Members can show their support by participating in two upcoming events that will assist the graduates to prepare for the working world.
You need not to be hiring to participate in these sessions but rather willing to share your expertise. All events will be held at the Interurban Campus: 4461 Interurban Road, Victoria.
1. Networking Event
A one-hour speed meeting session in which employers and technology professionals network with students.
Mechanical Engineering: Thursday January 29, 2015 4:30-5:20 pm
Computer Systems Technology: Friday January 30, 2015 10:30-11:20 am
Civil Engineering: Friday January 30, 2015 3:30-4:20 pm
2. Mock Interview
Event A two-hour session in which employer representatives conduct half-hour mock interviews with individual students.
Mechanical Engineering: Thursday February 19, 2015, 3:30 - 5:20 pm
Computer Systems Technology: Friday February 20, 2015, 9:30-11:20 am
Civil Engineering: Friday February 20, 2015 2:30-4:20 pm
As a Co-op supporter you are playing a pivotal role in our students' learning experience. Co-op is a partnership that offers mutual benefits to both the student and the employer. Some of the benefits of participating in the seminar events include:
- Give students valuable feedback on their industry knowledge, networking and interview skills
- Showcase your expertise and expectations to up-and-coming professionals
- Share your career path with students to inspire possibility in their own careers
- Learn about the college's instructional material
- Meet your future employees
Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Professional Practice & Development for ASTTBC, encourages our members to get behind this initiative:
"What a perfect opportunity for employers to support our future technologists and technicians. With the looming skills shortage this gives you a jump on the emerging talent that could be a fit for your organization. It also helps the graduates in their transition from student to employee."
We ask our members to give serious thought to this endeavor and encourage your employers to participate.
Contact Bella at 250-370-4410 or EMAIL to take part!
The Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of British Columbia will be holding its annual dinner banquet on Saturday, February 21st at The Royal King Palace, #365, 8158 - 128th Street, Surrey.
EMAIL for more info
ASTTBC is encouraging interested members to attend the 13th annual Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Deputy Ministers Dinner on February 12th. ASTTBC members pay the CME member rate of $125. ASTTBC has signed an agreement with CME to link the interests of the two organizations especially as it applies to technology education and careers.
VISIT website for more information and to register
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ASTTBC has just learned of the passing at 88 years of one of our founding members, Howard Hedley, AScT. President in 1962 - 1963, Howard helped frame the association when a group of technologists and technicians gathered in the mid-50's to consider forming an association for architectural and engineering technologists and technicians. Registered as member #008, Howard was one of the very first to get registered with what was, on formation in 1958, known as the Society of Architectural and Engineering Technologists.
"Howard continued to provide leadership in many aspects of the association over decades," said ASTTBC CEO John Leech, AScT on learning of his passing. "I had the very good fortune of working with Howard as he continued to volunteer with ASTTBC. Howard enjoyed a long career with BC Telephone (now TELUS), notably as lead of the company's training program, a significant portion of which was focused on securing and sustaining TELUS' technical skills."
ASTTBC extends its condolences to the Hedley family.
In partnership with researchers at the University of Virginia, the Association of Climate Change Officers is conducting a joint research project examining job stress and coping mechanisms among climate change professionals across sectors. The focus of this research will be practitioners whose chief responsibilities lie in the domain of addressing climate change related impacts upon operations or communities, and/or managing greenhouse gas emissions. These are vitally important roles in driving climate action, particularly in larger institutions, and the findings should be highly useful for survey participants and to support ACCO's efforts in developing tools, resources and best practices, particularly as they involve organizational change efforts and education and training of decision makers.
The initial methodology, with future activities (workshops, etc.) to be determined, is a survey that will be both efficient and rich with implications. The survey will take participants approximately 30 minutes to fill out. The data gathered will enable ACCO and UVA to produce recommendations, incorporate lessons learned into formal education and training under the CCO Certification program, and generate case studies in the ACCO KNOWLEDGE CENTER (as well as at ACCO conferences).
The survey is broken into three primary categories of content and concludes with a few demographic questions: Stress/strain perceptions: Broadly these include frustration (about the past) and anxiety (about the future). Specific examples include sleeplessness, worry, and physical symptoms.
Coping strategies and tactics: These include problem-solving, managing feelings, talking things through, social support, persistence, optimism, etc.
Standard job stressors: Including overload, ambiguity (unclear expectations; uncertainty about what to do/how to be effective), and conflict (e.g. economic vs. environmental considerations, personal values vs. organizational culture, etc.).
ACCO and UVA will carry out multivariate statistical analyses and also parse data into percentages, etc. for any and all single questions. Confidentiality will be assured for all participants, with an opt-in question at the end for individuals who would be interested in participating in further interviews and discussions. All data gathered will be proprietary to ACCO and the UVA research team.
PARTICIPATE in this study
If you have questions about this study, please EMAIL Phil Santiago, ACCO's Knowledge Center Program Manager)
TECHPROFILE is an online showcase of technology professionals registered with ASTTBC.
Keith Trulson, AScT, is a Port Moody based president of Tru-Line Technologies Ltd., a fire suppression engineering consulting business.
Keith enrolled at BCIT in 1982 in the design option of the Mechanical Technology Program, and then graduated in 1984 receiving a Technology Diploma. In 1989, he re-enrolled at BCIT for a Post Diploma program in CAD Programming where he graduated with honours.
Keith is now a member of ASTTBC as an AScT and a member of APEGBC as a Limited Licensee, Eng.L. He is also a member of ASTTBC's council and a joint board member of APEGBC / ASTTBC.
"I was very interested in mechanical engineering at an early age," says Keith, "I felt that a technologist career would combine engineering knowledge with practical hands on experience."
The Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia (CHBA BC) is pleased to announce the finalists for the Georgie Customer Choice Awards:
Through a recognized program, Avid Ratings Canada, consumers can rate builders and renovators on all aspects of the home-buying process, from construction and product satisfaction to warranty service experience and referral intentions. CHBA BC works in partnership with Avid Ratings and applies the survey results in the Customer Choice Georgie Awards category, as a part of the Grand Georgie Awards class.
These awards are determined through a very comprehensive process. To win such an award, the entrant must be in the top 75th percentile in Canada as rated by the Avid Index Score, a dynamic benchmark.
"We would like to congratulate the finalists for this recognition of their dedication to customer satisfaction," says CHBA BC's CEO Neil Moody. "In the residential construction industry, customer feedback is paramount, as it provides professional Builders with the information to consistently improve and offer outstanding product and service."
This year's winners will all be announced at the black-tie 23rd Annual Georgie Awards Gala Friday, February 27th, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
For the second consecutive year, ASTTBC student membership has experienced a growth in registrants. At the end of 2014, the number of student memberships opened totaled 1,124 up 10.2% from 2013's year ending total of 1,020.
Langara College has developed a new course designed to help prepare internationally trained engineers, technologists and technicians with industry specific skills to gain employment in an engineering environment, as well as, promote strong awareness of Canadian workplace culture.
For more information on the program CLICK HERE
Led by Joanne Massey, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University's CADD Diploma Program held a class reunion in December and seminar evening. Current students, and past, along with industry professionals were invited to attend the inaugural event. ASTTBC's Jason Jung, AScT, Manager, Professional Practice and Development presented to the audience a comprehensive look at ASTTBC and role in certification and registration. The event was a success and was an excellent opportunity for techs to network with others in industry.
ASTTBC works diligently to bring members great services including:
- A comprehensive Member Compensation Survey conducted every two years to help benchmark salary levels
- Monthly e-News and our semi-annually published ASTTBC Connect newsletter
- An Affinity Services Savings Program which offer group rate discounts on major benefits such as extended health, life insurance, home insurance, liability insurance program, mortgages and several others
- TechCLUB savings program which offers members exclusive access to value added discounts to partners such as Mark's, Accent Inns, ZipCar, Prestige Inns & Resorts, and so many others
We continuously strive to provide great value-added services to your registration. If you have any comments and/or suggestions of products or services you'd like to see added, please EMAIL them to Karen Taylor, Manager of Member Services and Operations.
Each year ASTTBC showcases the best in BC through our Awards Program. We need your assistance to help identify and recognize those individuals who are deserving of an ASTTBC award (including YOURSELF). It only takes a few minutes to submit an Award Nomination. For more information and to make a submission please visit our WEBSITE. This year you will have two opportunities to submit your Award Nominations:
From January 1st to March 13th, 2015 we are requesting Nominations for the following Awards to be presented at the ASTTBC AGM & Conference in May:
- Certificate of Appreciation
- Service Award
From June 1st to August 14th, 2015 we are requesting Nominations for the following Awards to be presented at the ASTTBC Technology Awards & Recognition Celebration in November:
- Advanced Technology
- Certificate of Appreciation
- Honorary Membership
- Life Membership
- Peter Allan AScT Leadership
- Professional Achievement
- R. Littledale Memorial
- Employer Award for the Enhancement of Career Success of Technology
- Professionals Professional Leadership for Women in Technology
You are welcome to submit an Award Nomination at ANYTIME during the year (nominations will be kept on file). Also note that nominations for 'TOP in Technology' Awards can be submitted all year as they are presented at member meetings in the recipients local community.
We ask that you take this opportunity to bring to our attention those people that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their professional, business and community lives. Nominations will be accepted from members as well as non-members of the association.
If you require any assistance or have questions regarding your award nominations please contact Cindy Aitken, Manager Governance & Events by EMAIL
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ACCO has published a white paper on the transformation of higher education institutions to address climate change. This paper focuses on the challenges and opportunities that academic institutions face in addressing the physical implications of climate change upon their campuses and facilities, incorporating climate change into curriculum across a broad range of programs, and engaging internal/external stakeholders.
Climate change presents a cascading and increasingly dramatic set of impacts that will require an all-hands-on-deck approach to re-conceiving how communities are designed, businesses operate and individuals consume natural resources. In the workplace, organizations will be challenged to anticipate and proactively address the implications of a changing environment upon their operations.
Since November 2014, we have sent two electronic invoices and mailed hard copy invoices in December requesting payment of your annual dues for 2015. We hope you received that notification and would like to remind you that paying your professional dues online is easy and secure.
If you have not yet paid your 2015 dues, please do so as soon as possible in order to avoid the late payment fee of $25 + GST that will be applied to dues which have not been paid by January 31, 2015.
If, due to financial hardship, health problems or full-time studies, you would like to have your dues deferred or waived, please contact Nicky Malli at (604) 585-2788, ext. 230 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience.
What does professional certification in ASTTBC say about you? You are qualified, registered and accountable. You belong to one of BC's largest professional associations, 10,000+ strong. You are highly qualified and in demand.
We thank you in advance for your prompt attention and your continued support.
ACCESS your invoice and to pay your dues
Our main ASTTBC homepage and an enhanced Continuing Professional Development webpage will be coming this spring. Add these current pages to your favorites, so you can see the changes in February (the CPD page) and in March (the homepage).
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A great Canadian moment!
The Big Little Science Centre pulled together a special fundraiser to raise funds needed to keep the Kamloops-based operation going at full tilt. Another key objective for the December event was to bring together supporters and provide a fun environment for them to mix and mingle and get to know each other.
"The event went great," said Big Little Executive Director, Gord Stewart. "We sold 142 of the available 150 tickets and netted $1,800 plus. Then we add the ASTTBC Foundation's donation of $1,000, bringing the total to over $2,800!"
Gord was on the radio the following week to talk more about ASTTBC's donation and to reiterate the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
"Thank you again for all of the ASTTBC support in general, plus all of the financial contributions," concluded Gord Stewart.
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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.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is currently seeking to fill multiple full-time positions across British Columbia in TELP (Technician Entry Level Program). This program is typically around two years in length and designed to provide career opportunities to recent technical school graduates.
This is a unique program where you will be assigned to work with experienced mentors who promote and accelerate development. Plan to be exposed to a variety of technical problems, solutions and techniques that provide a solid career foundation for the future in a Ministry that has a strong emphasis on training and career growth.
These opportunities apply to recent graduates (within the last 5 years) with a technical diploma/degree/certificate in a transportation related field to one or more of the following: Civil Engineering Technology, Structural Engineering Technology, Geomatics Engineering Technology, Resource Management, Geotechnology, Geography, Survey and Business Administration.
Keep informed to maintain proficiency and competence, to advance the body of knowledge within their discipline and further opportunities for the professional development of their associates.
(a) Members must ensure that both their proficiency and competence are maintained throughout their careers by remaining abreast of developments and knowledge in their area of expertise. This requires a personal commitment to ongoing professional development and continuing education.
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is mandatory for all ASTTBC regulated members.
The ASTT Act and Code of Ethics imposes on registrants a duty to consistently pursue such self-directed CPD as may be required to ensure their continuing competence. While 'on-the-job' learning can often be a useful way of enhancing existing skills, new areas of practice will generally require additional and quite specific knowledge, that which will allow the individual to make sound technical decisions, ones upon which full professional reliance can be placed by other members of the engineering team.
- In the protection of the public interest, ongoing CPD is a requirement for all registrants.
(b) In addition to maintaining both their own proficiency and competence, members shall endeavor to contribute to the advancement of the body of knowledge within their areas of expertise.
(c) Members have a special obligation to demonstrate understanding, professionalism and technical expertise to members under their supervision.
(d) Within the framework of the practice of their profession, members are expected to participate in providing opportunities to further the professional development of their subordinates and colleagues.
Should there be a technologically driven or individually motivated shift in the area of technical activity, it is a member's duty to attain and maintain competence in all areas of involvement.
Members are free to tackle new challenges and learn new skills through their work as long as successful completion of the assignment is not jeopardized, and honesty is maintained with the client or employer.
Where members render services based on computer programs, they shall do so only after taking steps to thoroughly understand the program, its underlying assumptions and its limitations.
Members should actively participate in technical and professional development seminars, continuing education programs and the presentation of papers at professional meetings. They should contribute to the dialogue fostered by their professional journals and support instructional activities in their area of involvement.
Duties assigned to non-certified members should make use of their training and experience and give them maximum exposure to the knowledge of experienced members, which would include informal discussions with senior members on ethical dilemmas, individual employment interests and professional growth to maintain an up-to-date and competitive capability to serve employers, clients and the public.
Non-certified members should be assisted in their advancement through teaching and thoughtful supervision, and encouraged to become certified when they demonstrate adequate qualifications.
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:
CPM PRESENTS - HOW TO BECOME A BETTER MANAGER OF PEOPLE
Prince George BC, February 2nd - 4th, 2014
REGIONAL LNG ENERGY SEMINAR
Kamloops BC, February 3rd - 4th, 2014
ACHIEVE PRESENTS - LEADERSHIP - THE ESSENTIAL FOUNDATIONS
Vancouver, February 12th, 2014
Thank-you for reading our January e-News and have a wonderful February!