Advanced Blueprint Reading





7.0 CEU

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This course is important to enhance the students’ knowledge and abilities entering the welding industry. Upon completion of this course, the student should have knowledge of the design procedure and interpreting blueprints and shop drawings and applying this information, the use of measuring tools in layout and assembly, have a basic understanding of codes, specifications and standards and also to be aware of the responsibility of a welder in quality control.


Course Objective

To develop an understanding of the blueprint design process and interpreting blueprint information for selecting materials, layout, and assembly. To familiarize students with measuring tools, common shop equipment, and interpreting information, symbols, and abbreviations for design blueprints, shop and erection drawings and to create as-built drawings for project level communication.

Course Content

Week 1 presents the blueprint design process, how codes, specifications and standards are used and how to navigating through them as they relate to blueprints. Common material shapes and how to use tables for material dimensions, weight, and orientation in assemblies. Non-destructive testing and their related abbreviations and symbols are presented. General notes, plan views, architectural drawings, elevations, plan section details, plan legends and material schedules will be covered. During week 2, applied math and training on the use various layout tools are presented. The student will practice layout and assembly from blueprints utilizing orthographic views and a bill of materials. Training on the use of weld measuring tools and gauges and their role in quality control will be discussed. Cutting, forming and drilling equipment commonly used in the industry will be covered.


To pass this course, the student is required to complete assigned classroom work and 8 written tests with scores averaging a passing grade.