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C U in March
Continuing education unit (CEU) or continuing education credit (CEC) is a measure used in continuing education programs, particularly those required in a licensed profession, in order for the professional to maintain the license. In the facility world, examples of people who need CEUs include building engineers, facility managers, interior designers/interior architects, lighting designers, and architects. Generally, a CEU is defined as ten hours of participation in a recognized continuing education program, with qualified instruction and sponsorship. CEU records are widely used to provide evidence of completion of continuing education requirements mandated by certification bodies, professional societies, or governmental licensing boards. These records also provide employers with information on training which is critical and pertinent to particular occupations.
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Workforce Training Center’s mission is to serve the needs of the local businesses and community members by providing quality industry-realted education and testing. Whether the goal is to-improve skills for a current job, to acquire the credentials needed to change or advance in a career, or to provide quality training for employees to increase productivity and profitability, these courses, offered through the Workforce Training Center, can be obtained on a customized, contract basis, or through open enrollment group classes, or through their online learning management system.
Cynthia Molnar, Business Account Representative, and David Licht, the Program Coordinator from Central New Mexico Community College’s Workforce Training Center, will share information and resources towards how you, as a facility professional, can keep on top of CEU requirements. Learn about the differences between CEUs and exam prep classes, the State of New Mexico Construction Industries Division requirements for CEUs for licensed journeyman, and the courses that CNM/ WTC offers to keep your skills and licenses current.
Reservations are required for this breakfast meeting at 7:00 am on Wednesday, March 19th, at the Garduno’s Uptown Restaurant near the Winrock Mall in Albuquerque, NM. Cost for members is $30.00, non-members pay $35.00, and first-time facility managers or engineers are always in FREE! You must rsvp before March 17th by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or by calling 505-975-6753.
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Facility Managers Got Gas Options
at the February Gathering
Since natural gas is a big expense for most facilities, a rapt audience listened, took notes, and questioned the presenters at the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico’s monthly meeting in February. They were informed of options towards purchasing natural gas from a marketer instead of from a public utility. End-user facility managers learned how to access a “gas marketer” through the New Mexico Gas Company Transportation System, and took a step towards the possibility of saving money in this way.
Selby Lucero is a Facility Manager for Sandia Laboratories Federal Credit Union and he has used this method to procure this commodity for many years. He co-presented with Anthony Apodaca who represented Seminole Energy, a gas marketing company. The lively, interactive format, which partnered an experienced facility manager with a supplier whose services he has found essential, provided for a highly credible, spirited, and informative presentation.
In essence, the New Mexico Gas Company makes their profit on the gas transmission and gas distribution charges for the natural gas, rates that are set by the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission (NMPRC). By law, they cannot make any revenue on the sale of natural gas. New Mexico businesses everywhere in the state (except for Las Cruces and Raton) have alternatives to buying natural gas from NMGC. NMGC’s natural gas revenue comes from the tariff rates set up for gas transmission and distribution charges--NMGC is revenue neutral on their natural gas sales, as a straight pass through to the customer. For a variety of reasons, NMGC’s natural gas costs are, on average, 10-30% higher than the San Juan Pipeline or Permian Basin prices. Transporting gas with a third party marketer can reduce natural gas prices anywhere from 14% to 25%, and possibly even more, depending upon usage.
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Mar 14 Executive Director Column
Housekeeping is my least favorite activity but a necessary evil. Here are some of the “rules of engagement” for the New Mexico Facility Managers Network that you might find interesting!
If you are a facility manager and not a member of this group, please remember that you are welcome to attend FOR FREE as a guest of the organization at any meeting that catches your fancy. By the same token, if you are a supplier member to this group and would like to invite a non-member facility manager with whom you are working to join you at any of our functions, please, just let me know, and I will be sure that he or she is welcomed to the meeting FOR FREE, and made to feel comfortable as a first-timer.
This is our way of attempting to expand our facility manager component in the mix. Take advantage of it, especially if you are a supplier who wants to forge better relationships with the facility folks with whom you work. Suppliers, you are “out there” and you know everyone! Bring a new face to one of our informative, friendly events.
Next, we are ALWAYS looking for new Facility Manager members for our Board of Directors. Nothing like a little new blood to shake things up and keep it fresh. If you are even remotely interested, please contact me, and I will give you a thumbnail sketch of what involvement with the Board really looks like.
Last, please remember that timely reservations are essential so that the embarrassment attributed to unreserved guests with no meal and no nametag can be avoided. There are always the same repeat offenders to this rule, and you know who you are! An accurate number of RSVP’s must be turned into the restaurant so everyone can be fed in a mannerly fashion. Please endeavor to respect the Monday cut-off for the Wednesday meetings so we can welcome you with open arms.
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Message from the Incoming President
Looking on the accomplishments of our Facility Manager Association of New Mexico’s team in 2013 I must say the bar has been set high. I would like to thank our outgoing President, Joseph Rodriguez, for his leadership and friendship. As we start 2014, let’s all be mindful of our ability to be alive and well in this economy. Our continuing and incoming Board Members are all greatly appreciated for all the time and effort they have given and will continue to give in 2014. Our membership base also has continued to be supportive on community and educational needs. It is my hope that as we go through 2014 we not only continue to meet the needs of our community but excel in giving back what we as a group can do via our Fundraising efforts such as the Golf Tournament.
As a side note always remember that Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the only times of the year that people may need help. As we start off with our January meeting discussing health and wellness, we will hit the ground running. I hope you will continue to interact and network with one another, and invite others to our meetings so that the whole state of New Mexico may come to know what FMANM is all about. A big thanks to Carolee Griffin, our Executive Director, as she continues to organize and set up our meetings.
I hope all of you had a safe, blessed and happy new year. I look forward to serving you in 2014.
New Mexico Educator’s Federal Credit Union
President, Facility Managers Association of New Mexico
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Introducing Tom Plummer, FMANM Vice President
Please join us in welcoming Tom Plummer to the Board of Directors for the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico. Tom brings extensive knowledge of facilities management and a skill set reaching afar into other fields. Augmented by his considerate, thoughtful demeanor, he will make an immediate positive contribution to the organization.
After 12 years of doing water and wastewater engineering for the US EPA and the Indian Health Service, Tom broke into the field of healthcare facilities. Shortly after he was hired as the Facilities Manager for the old Fort Defiance Indian Hospital in Ft. Defiance, AZ, an $80,000,000.00 new construction replacement hospital was funded, along with a $30,000,000.00 subdivision for staff housing. After these new facilities were completed, Tom stayed on, and was promoted to Director of Support Operations.
He retired from the IHS in 2006 and was hired by San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington as the Manager of Engineering. During his 11 years in healthcare, Tom was active in the New Mexico Society for Healthcare Engineering – which is now the FMANM Committee for Healthcare Engineering. Currently, Tom serves as a Senior Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In December 2013, Tom was elected to be the next FMANM Vice President.
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Introducing Selby Lucero, FMANM Director
Welcome our new Facility Manager Association of New Mexico Director Selby Lucero who is an architect currently holding the position of Facility Manager for Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union. Selby graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and have been a registered New Mexico architect since 1985. With over thirty years of broad facility management experience including project management, leasing management, facility management, maintenance and preventive maintenance management, he has supervised and managed large maintenance organizations. He has worked for the State of New Mexico’s General Services Department and the Rio Rancho Public Schools in the recent past.
In his words, “During my career I am proud that I have been the President of the National Association of State Facility Administrators. I have also helped guide the State Building Services Division to Roadrunner Level Recognition from Quality New Mexico and was also recognized with a National Innovation Award from NASFA for our Quality Improvement Process. With the Rio Rancho Public Schools I was recognized with a Silver and a Bronze Ben Lujan Maintenance Achievement Awards.”
An Update on the Copper Theft Situation
As many of you already know all too well, copper theft is not a victimless crime – and it is not a trivial crime. Copper theft is a premeditated act that puts lives at risk on a daily basis and causes millions of dollars in damage, lost revenue and wages to the business community and their employees.
In 2013, there were more than 300 metal thefts in Albuquerque. Many of the victims included PNM business customers. Although the thieves may get less than $100 per theft for selling stolen copper wire, a copper theft costs a customer thousands of dollars in repairs and lost revenue.
More important, there is the very real danger to your safety posed by copper theft:
- Thieves often leave energized equipment open and exposed. If someone were to come into contact with that equipment before we discover the crime, the results could be tragic.
- Ground wires stolen from power lines away from where a lineman is working or in a substation could mean a man’s life.
- And then there are the streets left dark because wiring has been stolen from street lights.
What is PNM Doing?
- We have donated $20,000 to Crime Stoppers to use as reward money for tips that lead to the arrest and apprehension of copper thieves. We spent almost $30,000 in November and December for radio advertising to help identify copper thieves.
- This is a national issue and we are talking to other electricity providers and equipment manufacturers across the nation to identify what steps they are taking that have been effective. PNM is also investigating new locking mechanisms that can be installed in the field.
- We are investing several million dollars to “harden” substations and researching options that will be effective on transformers.
We are replacing utility pole grounds with copper clad steel which has no salvage value. Pole grounds are necessary for a properly grounded distribution system.
- We are working with stakeholders to determine if there is an appropriate legislative initiative to help deter copper theft.
- There is no one solution or one organization alone that can stop this crime, and we are working with law enforcement and others to understand how we can best address this issue in our community.
What can you do?
- We encourage business customers who are worried about copper theft to contact us first so that can we work with them.
- It is very important that PNM still has access to electric equipment after any theft deterrent modifications.
- We can share what we have learned about copper theft and steps other customers are taking.
- If you see something that looks suspicious to you, don’t hesitate to report that to police.
We will continue to update you on this important topic. If you have any questions about your business, please give me a call.
PNM Account Manager