Building & Construction

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If you have an interest in problem-solving, working with your hands, or making a drawing come to life, consider a career in the skilled trades. Different positions are available from repairing heating and air conditioning units to installing fiber optic cable to working as a maintenance technician in a local apartment complex. Gain the knowledge and skills you need today for a career in building, construction and other vocational trades.

Course Details & Registration Information

Blueprint Reading
Overall Quality of This Course
Based on 28 student surveys.
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Contractors and students working in construction, electrical, HVAC and maintenance.
Blueprint reading skills are in high demand – particularly in construction, electrical, HVAC and maintenance fields. Learn how to read blueprints – terminology and symbols, drawings and prints, scale rulers, trade math and plot plans, and sketches. Find out the latest trade updates in carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and sheet metal work. Students must bring a flash drive and engineer and architect scales to class.
Course Objectives
  1. Demonstrate and understand terminology and symbol recognition of construction projects.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Introductions
    Review syllabus
    Working drawings and prints
    Review questions
    Working drawing concepts
    Trade math
    Engineer and architect scales
    Symbols and abbreviations
    Plot plans
    Floor plans
    Trade information – carpentry-masonry-electrical
    Trade information - plumbing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning
    Print reading final review

    *Note: Instructors may change the course schedule to better serve the students in the class.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Handouts will be provided
1GB Flash drive
Engineer and architect scale
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Successful completion of this course requires 90% attendance and satisfactory class participation (i.e., be able to demonstrate proficiency in all concepts taught). If a student has extenuating circumstances causing absences of greater than 10% of the class time, the student must make arrangements with the instructor to provide evidence of keeping up with the class material and making up the work, exercises, and projects missed; or demonstrate competency in the course objectives. Students with irregular attendance (less than 90% attendance) or who are unable to demonstrate competency will receive a grade of NG (no grade). Lab exercises, when applicable, are due on the date assigned by the instructor. Late assignments may be accepted only at the instructor’s discretion.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Contractors and students working in construction, electrical, HVAC and maintenance.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
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  • Construction Supervisor
  • Project Assistant
  • Construction Inspector
  • Supply Construction Sale Specialist
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Concrete Carpenter
  • Equipment Operator for Foundation Excavation
  • Construction Painter
  • Mason
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Course Contact Information
Vocational Training Department