Click on Registration Options to
register for Construction Blueprint Reading.
Read what other students have
said about Construction Blueprint Reading
You can hear an audio message
from your instructor (MP3, 1 min 48 sec, 1.9 MB) by clicking on the link.
The reading of construction blueprints is a foundational skill in construction.
All construction professionals, regardless of whether they are working in the field or in
the office, must know how to read blueprints. Blueprint reading is not terribly
difficult but it does require practice and some basic knowledge of blueprints.
course is designed to provide you with that foundational knowledge and enough practice at
reading blueprints to get you started. Mastery of blueprint reading will come with
practice and with using blueprints on the job on a regular basis.
By the end of this class you should:
Have an elementary knowledge of blueprint reading as it relates to building construction
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 short comings of the blueprints you are
The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum value in points a student
can receive within each module, and the time in which the modules must be finished.
| Point Value
|0. Student Orientation
|1. The design process and blueprints
|2. Scales, Lines and Symbols
|3. Plans, Elevations, Sections, Details
|4. Civil Drawings
|6. The superstructure
|7. Exterior closure and finishes
|8. Interior finishes
|9. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
|10. The problems with blueprints & Project
It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall
behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Saturday of each
week. Class work must be completed by the following Saturday. Students will
not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available
in advance. Actual dates that modules will become available will be posted in
advance on the course calendar.
Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in two
class discussions. In each module, the quiz will count 10 points and class discussions will count 15 points.
You can take quizzes twice and use the highest score achieved as your
final quiz grade.
Class discussions are a very important part
of this course. Students learn more and learn better when they discuss the topic at
hand. For that reason, I consider the regular weekly discussions to be even more
important than the weekly quizzes. Students should provide at least 3
contributions to the class discussions each week to gain the maximum
Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. You will have full access to your grade
sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.
Your overall grade in the course will be determined by the
total number of points you have accumulated on quizzes and
assignments. The grading scale is as follows:
You will be given more information about the grading and
other course matters in the Orientation Module
You can find textbook information at http://www.constructionclasses.com/textbooks.htm#c
Be sure you are getting the correct edition of the book and, if you are
buying a used book, make sure that all of the drawings are included.
Important Note!! Whoever you order the book from, be sure they include the blueprints with the textbook. The book comes with a set of blueprints we will use in class but some students have reported the book being sold at a discount
without the blueprints.