Expanding Our Roots
Peter Barss- Program Head, Forest Resources
Thinking about Forestry?
Forestry is a vital part of BC's economy. Forest technologists
are part of a team practicing sustainable forest management so
that our forests will remain a vital part of our environment, culture
and economy now and for the future. With more jobs available than
there are graduates, now is an excellent time to start a career
in Forest Technology.
you love the outdoors, care about the environment, and enjoy science
and nature, you should consider a forestry career. This career
choice offers variety and challenge, travel opportunities, hands-on
work, uses computers and field instruments, and applies your knowledge
and skills to solve problems and make decisions. It is a career
that pays well and offers opportunities to grow professionally.
What Do Forest Technologists
and Technicians Do?
Graduates work in offices, but primarily in the outdoors, collecting
and processing natural resource information used for planning and
managing forest ecosystems. Here are some examples of what you
- Work with maps, aerial photos, GPS, and computer mapping software
- Use field survey techniques and resource sampling methods to
record and analyse information on plants, animals, soils, streams,
and forest health.
- Plan timber harvesting, determine road locations,
prescribe road maintenance and de-activation activities, supervise
- Work in wildland fire fighting and fire management
- Work in silviculture to plant, tend and manage our new forests
Students and graduates find work throughout B.C. and beyond, primarily
with forest companies, consulting firms, and government.
What Kind of Forestry Training Opportunities Does BCIT
There are a number of schools in BC where you can
take forestry diploma and degree programs. Here is a brief summary
of the programs offered at the Lower Mainland campus of BCIT (Burnaby):
Ecosystems Technology Diploma (FET) started in 1964
as the Forestry Technology Diploma, and has trained thousands
of technologists now at work throughout the province and beyond.
In this program you will gain practical, employable skills that
provide the foundation for a rewarding career. This full-time two
year program is nationally accredited and if you want,
it can open the door to further education, such as a forestry
degree. Upon graduation, you will qualify for registration as
a Registered Forest Technologist with the Association of BC Forest
Professionals. Some students stay an extra year to take the Fish,
Wildlife and Recreation Program and gain a second diploma.
The Forest Resources Technician Certificate
(FRT) is a one-year program that will provide you with
the necessary skills needed to conduct fieldwork in the forest
industry, including safe operation of 4x4s and ATV's, fire-line
certification, first aid, data collection, field survey, and reporting
skills. Successful graduates of this program may be granted credits
toward the two-year FET Diploma at BCIT.
The Cooperative Education option at BCIT involves
enhancing academic studies with relevant work experience to develop
skills in the real world and improves employment opportunities
upon graduation. Both FRT students and FET students may be eligible
for the Co-op option.
For more information, you can: attend a class
or an information session, speak with a past graduate, visit
our website (www.forestry.bcit.ca)
or speak with an instructor (604.432.8539).
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