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    Blueprint Reading Part I (Basic) - 40 hours / 5 days

    The Basic Construction Plan Reading course is specifically designed to develop plan reading skills. Prior knowledge of elevation control is helpful. This class is covered with exercises and homework type problem-solving. This includes:

    • Reading blueprints for structural information
    • Working drawings and blueprints
    • Reading detail drawings
    • The “plot” plan
    • Reading floor plans
    • Reading blueprints/trade
    • Symbols & notations used on floor plans
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    Blueprint Reading Part II - 40 hours / 5 days

    This course covers plan reading for “Light commercial construction”, which builds on knowledge learned in Part I. Knowledge of elevation control is required. Completion/passing of the “Basic Blueprint Reading – Part I” or equivalent is a prerequisite. Work and homework problem solving are utilized.

    • Reading blueprints in a small commercial building
    • Types of construction
    • Heavy timber construction
    • Reading blueprints for a townhouse
    • Structural steel construction
    • Reinforced concrete
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    Blueprint Reading Part III - 40 hours / 5 days

    This course covers plan reading for “Heavy commercial and industrial construction”, which builds on the knowledge learned in Parts I & II. Completion/passing of the “Blueprint Reading – Part II” or equivalent is a prerequisite. Work and homework problem solving are utilized.

    • Reading blueprints in a heavy commercial and industrial building
    • Types of construction
    • Specifications
    • Site work
    • Structural steel construction
    • Mechanical and electrical systems
    • Reinforced concrete construction
    • Finish construction

    Blueprint Reading FAQs

    Blueprint reading is the process of interpreting and understanding architectural drawings or construction plans. It is an essential skill for professionals in the construction, engineering, and architectural industries. Individuals proficient in blueprint reading can visualize the final structure, analyze design elements, decipher symbols, and comprehend dimensions or measurements of a project.
    Yes, if you are a construction professional you must learn how to read and understand a blueprint. A blueprint is the most important tool on any construction project to ensure all of the skilled trades on the project understand how each task needs to be performed and who is responsible for that task.
    Blueprint reading is crucial because it enables construction professionals to accurately build or modify structures as envisioned by the architect or designer. This skill ensures proper execution, reduces errors, and saves time and resources by facilitating effective communication and understanding between different project stakeholders.
    Becoming proficient in blueprint reading depends on a variety of factors. These include: individual skill level, previous knowledge or experience and the amount of time dedicated to learning.Practice, commitment, and continuous learning are essential for developing and maintaining expertise in blueprint reading.
    Blueprints use basic lines, symbols, and abbreviations to illustrate various elements of a structure. Common elements include: Centerlines: Dashed lines depicting the center of walls or columns. Dimensions: Numbers showing measurements of various parts of the project. Door and Window Symbols: Representations of various types of doors and windows. Elevation and Section Markers: Symbols indicating different views and cross-sections. Electrical Symbols: Visual notations for various electrical components. Plumbing Symbols: Designations for different types of pipes, fittings, and fixtures.
    Yes, there are numerous courses and training programs available for learning blueprint reading at Northwest Laborers Training. Our courses range from beginner to advanced levels.
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