Blueprint Reading Certificate - Introduction

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Learn the Basics of Blueprint Reading

About the Class

This introductory course provides a base level of knowledge in the reading and understanding of architectural and construction blueprints. This course is intended for true beginners, as it will provide a thorough exploration of the basic concepts required to read and understand construction drawings. Concepts and theories covered by this course will include, but are not limited to: orthographic projection; plans, elevations, sections, and details; symbols, line, dimensions, and notations; architectural and engineering scales; architectural, construction, and engineering drawings. Participants will receive a Pace University Certificate of Completion.

Have experience with blueprint reading already? Learn more about our Intermediate and Advanced Construction Blueprint Reading classes.

Program Topics

  • Understand architectural and engineering scales, dimension and area drawings
  • Understand different drawing types and their usage
  • Understand the differences between a floor plan, section, and elevation, and how to read each layout’s specific elements
  • Understand the concept of orthographic projection and its usage in drawing reading and development
  • Understand how to use symbols, notations, abbreviations, and material schedules
  • Have experience reading drawings for dimensions, finishes, and details
  • 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
  • Be able to identify elementary problems or shortcomings of the blueprints

Meet The Instructor

Michael Nash

Michael Nash is a highly experienced engineering and construction professional with over 40 years experience implementing industrial and commercial projects.  Mr. Nash has led multi-discipline engineering and construction teams implementing cost effective power plant, energy services, distributed generation and new technology projects at customer facilities.

John Delfino, Jr.

John Delfino, Jr. Assoc. IALD, is a lighting designer with Available Light, where he designs lighting for architecture and museum exhibits. John has an MFA in Theatrical Design with a focus in Lighting from CalArts, where he both studied under lighting designer Anne Militello and worked at Visual Terrain.