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Blueprint Reading Class (3-Day)

Can you read blueprints and interpret how the information applies to the job you are working on? Do you know how to apply the blueprint information toward determining costs for labor and materials? If not, you need to take this course. This Construction Blueprint Reading class covers a foundational skill in construction. All construction professionals, regardless of whether they are working in the field or the office, must know how to read blueprints. Blueprint reading is not difficult, but it does require practice and some basic knowledge of blueprints. This course is designed to provide knowledge of blueprint reading as it relates to the architectural and building industry. It will cover the theory of reading floor plans, section and elevation drawings, foundations, floor plans, elevations, sections, schedules, means, methods, symbols and notations, scaling and dimensioning practices, and reading blueprints for structural formation, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing drawings.

This instructor-led blueprint reading course is designed to provide you with foundational knowledge and enough practice at reading blueprints to get you started. Skills taught will help you apply blueprint reading skills toward understanding which trades are responsible for work shown on plans, and preparing accurate forecasts of the materials, labor, and costs involved in a project. Mastery of blueprint reading will come with practice and with using blueprints on the job regularly.

Who should attend?

Estimators, project administrators, administrative personnel, real estate professionals, insurance professionals, interior designers, attorneys, people involved with construction projects, and anyone new to construction.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • An elementary knowledge of blueprint reading as it relates to building construction projects
  • Understand in general terms the design process and the role of design professionals
  • Be able to find trade information using blueprints
  • Be able to answer basic construction questions related to the layout and installation of materials at the jobsite
  • Be able to identify elementary problems or shortcomings of the blueprints you are using

Each participant in the course will receive:

  • All written course materials and manuals are provided:
    • Comprehensive Student Guide
    • Workbook – Including Course Study Guide and Templates
    • Certificate of Participation
    • 18 Professional Development Units (PDUs) / Hours in Project Management Education

The primary objectives include learning:

  • Introduction to construction drawings
  • Understand architectural and engineering scales, dimensions, and area drawings
  • Underlying principles of the basic structure of buildings using commercial and residential drawings
  • Blueprint fundamentals
  • Distinguish between the different types of drawings
  • Learn civil, architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and finish schedules
  • Understand different drawing types and their usage
  • Mechanical drawings
  • Architectural drawings
  • Structural drawings
  • Civil and site drawings
  • Some quantity take-off
  • Area calculations
  • Know the difference between load and non-load-bearing walls
  • Follow detailed views from the main plan or drawing
  • Know what a floor plan, section, and elevation are
  • Understand symbols, notations, abbreviations, and material schedules
  • Work with drawings on dimensions, finishes, details
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May 09 2024


Three Day Class: May 9th, May 16th, May 23rd
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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139 Gaither Drive, Suite I, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
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