Our Team

Artech Consulting has been operating in Cranbrook, BC since 1984. We are a locally-owned business (part of the VAST Resource Solutions family) and give back to the communities we serve throughout the beautiful Kootenay regions of BC.

Artech embraces a culture that provides a welcoming and empowering environment for our employees to advance their careers, embrace new challenges, and grow their expertise while working within a collaborative, energetic, and passionate team. Employees are truly valued and respected, allowing for flexibility, creativity and an innovative approach to work/life balance.

Artech is the primary materials testing and inspection company in the East Kootenays, working in close association with regional engineering firms to provide an independent complementary service. Our service area extends from Creston to the Alberta border and north into the Columbia Valley. Our work consists of approximately 40% concrete, 40% structural soils and 20% asphalt pavement, with a fully equipped lab to support our field activities.

The Opportunity

To support Artech’s operations during the busiest seasons, we are looking for talented individuals who will embrace our close‐knit culture and positive, team‐oriented working environment.

We are looking for two Co‐Op Material Testing Technicians to support our Cranbrook‐based team with projects throughout the East Kootenay region. The candidates will ideally join our team in early May 2024.

Position: Material Testing Technician (Co‐Op)

Co‐Op from May 1 – November 29, 2024 (potential for opportunities after graduation)


Position Summary

Materials Testing Technicians are responsible for testing and inspecting various construction materials such as soils, aggregates, asphalt, and concrete for Quality Control (QC) or Quality Assurance (QA) purposes. The Co‐Op Technicians will receive training, work alongside colleagues, and gain independence and responsibility for preparing field inspection and lab test reports. This position involves fieldwork as well as working in a laboratory setting.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Sampling and testing fresh concrete (including slump, air content, temperature, and casting cylinders)
  • Collecting soil, aggregate or hot‐mix asphalt samples on site
  • Conducting in‐place field density testing using a nuclear densometer
  • Performing laboratory soil tests (sieve analysis, hydrometer, Atterberg limits, Proctor analysis)
  • Concrete compressive strength testing
  • Performing laboratory asphalt Marshall tests
  • Cleaning, maintaining and calibrating test equipment and general lab maintenance.

Working Conditions/Environment

  • Full‐time position for 7‐8 months (May‐December 2024)
  • Standard work weeks are 5 days, Monday to Friday, 8 hours per day.
  • Overtime and some weekend work are required.
  • Frequent travel and outdoor work at project sites are required with varying weather conditions.

Position Requirements

  • Student in a Civil or Geotechnical engineering program (degree, diploma or certificate);
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Professional and positive attitude;
  • Comfortable working independently or in a team environment;
  • Working knowledge of computer software, specifically: spreadsheets, word processing, databases, and email;
  • Coursework experience related to material testing and geotechnical engineering;
  • Physically fit and enjoys demanding fieldwork;
  • Capable of lifting 25kg test samples;
  • Possesses a valid Class 5 BC driver’s license.


  • Previous experience collecting and analyzing field data;
  • Previous soils, concrete and asphalt testing experience;
  • Ability to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications;
  • Familiarity with construction and worksite safety procedures and precautions.

Our Offering

Artech prides itself on being valued and trusted by our employees, clients, colleagues, and the communities in which we live, work and play. We are focused on building upon our proven track record of providing exceptional client service, offering practical solutions, and delivering projects on time, in scope, and on budget.

Artech provides our employees with:
  • Challenging and rewarding work responsibilities in a collaborative team environment.
  • A friendly atmosphere, including team building and social events to build camaraderie.
  • Professional development, mentoring and career advancement opportunities.
  • Supporting a healthy balance between career and personal commitments.

If you share our values, would like to experience life in the beautiful East Kootenay region of BC, and have the skills and abilities we are seeking, please email your resume to: info@artechconsulting.ca

All responses are confidential, and only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Artech is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all persons throughout our recruitment, selection and employment processes.

Thank you for your interest in Artech Consulting!

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