Blueprint Reading

Course Description
Prints are manufacturing instructions and generally contain a drawing, dimensions, and notes. Blueprint Reading is the universal form of communication, allowing the engineering department and the manufacturing department to communicate all information that is required to manufacture a product. This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills required to read engineering prints.

Who Should Attend
This course is appropriate for machine operators, quality control inspectors, NC programmers, shop supervisors, metal-working manufacturing personnel, engineers, engineering managers, and other manufacturing professionals interested in learning how to read blueprints or update their knowledge and skills in this area.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Form an image of a 3D part in their minds based on a print
  • Read & understand pertinent manufacturing information from prints
  • Identify all dimensional and tolerance requirements of parts on a print
  • Understand common fabrication notes
  • Interpret industry standard symbols used on prints to communicate requirements

Course Outline

  1. The Basics of Manufacturing Prints
  2. The Reading of Manufacturing Prints
  3. The Total Manufacturing Print
  4. Views
  5. Dimensions
  6. Tolerances
  7. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  8. Surface Finish
  9. Threads
  10. Machine Terms and Manufacturing Processes
  11. Casting, Forging, and Molded Part Prints
  12. Welding and Sheet Metal Prints
  13. Gears, Splines, and Cams
  14. Types of Manufacturing Prints

Course Format
16 hours
Combination lecture/discussion, individual and group work sessions, and large print review
Available at QSG’s training facilities and on-site at your organization

Textbook
Hammer’s Blueprint Reading Basics, 4rd ed., by Charles Gillis, Industrial Press
Payment includes textbook


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