Basic Blueprint Reading (full) April 16th. We are still taking names.

We are still taking names of members that are interested in taking the Basic Blueprint Reading course we will be putting on April 16th. If there are enough extra names we may put on a second course the next day.blueprint

If you are interested please go to the contact page on our website and send a message indicating that you are. You can also email directly to or call the Union Hall. Please leave a phone number that you can be reached at.


The ability to read and understand construction blueprints with specifications is a foundational skill in construction. All construction professionals, regardless of trade or whether they are working in the field or in the office, must know how to read blueprints.

This fundamental skill set is used during all aspects of a job, from bidding a
job, planning the completion of a task at the foreman level, or even making simple references in regards to circuit loading at the apprentice level. The ability to read a print is going to enable the worker to complete a job or task, with the necessary accuracy that is required based on a bidded contract. If done incorrectly, there could be serious financial or safety implications.

The morning sessscaleion of the course will take the participants through the stages of blue print reading including understanding symbols, dimensions, elevations, reviewing information given on different drawings, understanding
job specifications as well as interpreting information of different schedules that are included in a print package. The afternoon part of the course will involve the participants interpreting a set of commercial blue prints for a mid-size job. There will be focus on various group work exercises and case studies that are designed to engage students in discussion with respect to certain aspects of a task, this will assist the learner in breaking down the information presented on a print, for ease of understanding.

Course topics

  • Blue print reading basics, understanding the symbols, notations, abbreviations and schedules, understanding the order of hierarchy when looking at multiple documents.
  • Finding information using blueprints.
  • Finding information using specifications.
  • Simplifying certain aspects of a blueprint that focuses on specific tasks.
  • Creating material take offs, based off of the blueprints and specifications.
  • Creating a plan around a certain task based off of the information provided on the blueprints.
  • Understanding the layout, including how Architectural, civil, electrical and mechanical drawings are mutually referenced
  • Using scales properly.

Course Material will all be provided, this course is designed to run for 7 hours in duration, typically 8am to 3:30pm. With a lunch break and morning coffee.


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