New Mexico is seeing growth all across the state. New homes and businesses are popping up all around us, and an important part of the building process starts at the very beginning, with surveyors. Surveyors make precise measurements to determine property boundaries, and provide data relevant for engineering, mapmaking, and construction projects. However, the profession is facing a potential decline in the amount of available talent, due to an aging population who is getting ready to retire. Recently, PNM Resources Foundation gifted a total of $200,000 over the next two years to the Geomatics Program in College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. The gift will support collaboration between New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Professional Surveyors (NMPS), to increase demand in the profession, and enhance the education of those currently in the industry.
The average age of a surveyor in the U.S. is 58 years old, and New Mexico Professional Surveyors is hoping to reignite interest in the profession through a partnership with New Mexico State University. The curriculum will be revamped and expand its reach into other markets by providing online education and also provide valuable upskilling opportunities for people already working as surveyors who desire continuing education for their career. The intended result will be an increase in demand for surveyors in the next five to ten years.
“Collaboration is so key in our communities here in New Mexico,” said Becky Teague, VP of External Affairs with PNM. “We were really inspired by the collaborative atmosphere and passion for the surveying industry between NMPS and NMSU.”
In honor of PNM turning 100 years old, PNM Resources and its shareholders made a sizeable contribution to the PNMR Foundation, totaling $1 million over the course of two years. Five different organizations in New Mexico are beneficiaries of these funds, including New Mexico Professional Surveyors, all of which have a focus towards furthering education and economic development in our state.