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Plan Reading

Teaching both the content and the skills, this six-week course introduces attendees to concepts, practices and standards needed to read architectural blueprints in the design and construction fields. Attendees will gain the ability to read floor plans, elevation drawings, symbols and notations to obtain the pertinent information needed. The attendees will acquire a foundational knowledge and enough practice at reading blueprints to get started. Proficiency of blueprint reading will come with time and practice using blueprints on the job on a regular basis.

Upon successful completion of the class, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand architectural and engineering scales
  • Understand different drawing types and their usage
  • Read a floor plan, section and elevation and understand the information presented
  • Understand symbols, notation, abbreviations and material schedules
  • Use the drawing to answer questions or to obtain information on dimensions, finishes, details, area calculations and more
  • Define the roles that the architect, engineer, contractor and trades have within the construction industry 
  • Describe the functions of schedules and specifications 
  • Discuss construction materials and components of construction assemblies and their representation on prints 
  • Interpret common architectural, electrical, mechanical symbols, equipment and shop drawings

  • Class meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:00 pm. schedule is below:
    May 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25,30, June 1,13, 15 (No class during week of June 5th)

    If you have any questions, call Kim Collins, 301-595-9711.

    Please note that a reservation constitutes a financial commitment
    unless cancellation is made no later than noon on April 27.
    Substitutions are accepted at any time.