Fundamentals of Blueprint Reading

This inter­ac­tive sem­i­nar will cov­er the fun­da­men­tals of under­stand­ing and inter­pret­ing con­struc­tion draw­ings and oth­er relat­ed mate­r­i­al. The sem­i­nar will deal with apply­ing the basic knowl­edge that is required to inter­pret and extrap­o­late infor­ma­tion from plans, ele­va­tions, sec­tions, details and con­struc­tion specifications.

Course at a glance
  • Recognized by CIQS, Gold Seal, and Blue Seal both as required education for accreditation and continuing professional development (post-accreditation maintenance).
  • Aimed at a wide range of construction workers, including tradesmen and journeymen, managers and supervisors, administrators, contractors, consultants, architects, and construction business owners.
  • Hands-on course based on active student participation; class dynamics include group work and case study review.
  • Course resources provided in-class and notes available on eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Course delivered in a two-day condensed format.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • List the parts of a typical construction drawing set.
  • Identify typical drawing types, symbols, notes, and scales.
  • Recognize the common types of drawing sets and explain their differences.
  • Extrapolate specific information from a drawing set and cross-reference it to the construction specification.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • All course exams and assessments will be completed in class during the scheduled course delivery.
Currently counts towards

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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