This course is offered in partnership with MTCopeland.  Learn to read and understand architectural drawings, mechanical drawings, civil plans, finishing schedules, and more, in this blueprints reading class.@ HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.

How To Read Blueprints






Jordan Smith is President of SmithHouse Construction, a design-and-build firm in Austin, Texas. He holds a B.S. in Materials Engineering, is a Certified Welding Instructor, and has worked in construction for over 10 years. Jordan is passionate about the trades and hopes to motivate the next generation of craftsmen in this class.

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Course Description

Learn the fundamentals of reading prints for construction.

Course Outline

Class Overview – Outlines the objectives and skills mastered in this course.

Scales & Measurement – How to use an architect’s ruler to make reading scales easy.

Title Sheets & Site Plans – Provides an overview and a framework to navigate blueprints.

Floor Plans – Provides a bird’s eye view of the house.

Elevations & Sections – Provides a vertical view of the home.

Details & Schedules – Provides the specific information needed for a home’s finishing touches.

Structural Drawings – Show how the design for a building can maintain the structural integrity of the home.

Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP) – No modern home is complete without the HVAC (mechanical), electrical, and plumbing systems.

Putting It All Together – A final word on how to navigate prints from the beginning to the end.