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CNM Students Place First in National Society of Professional Surveyors Competition

Students in CNM’s Surveying Technology Program swept the 18th Annual Student Competition in the Associate Degree Division.
CNM Students Place First in National Society of Professional Surveyors Competition
(From left to right) Emiliano Salazar, Lonnie McKnight and Justin Archuleta represented CNM at the competition in Arlington, VA. Photo credit: NSPS

Apr 18, 2019

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) held its 18th Annual Student Competition on April 11 as part of the 2019 NSPS Spring Meetings in Arlington, VA.

CNM students Emiliano Salazar, Lonnie McKnight and Justin Archuleta along with faculty from the Surveying Technology program represented the college and aced the competition, bringing home the first-place prize in the Associate Degree Division.

The 2019 competition topic was “Utilizing remotely sensed data in a modern surveying practice.” Each team completed a project, prepared a technical report and poster, and gave a formal presentation to a panel of judges. Thirteen schools with undergraduate degree programs in surveying, mapping or geomatics participated in this year’s competition.

Surveying engineering is a growing field across the nation and CNM continues to equip students with the outstanding education, skills and hands-on training to meet the workforce need. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of surveyors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026. That’s faster than the average for all occupations in general.

“Surveyors will continue to be needed to certify boundary lines, work on resources extraction projects and review sites for construction,” states the BLS.

NSPS is the national organization representing the entire Land Surveying profession in the United States.

Learn more about CNM’s Surveying Technology Programs.