Blueprint Reading for Building Trades

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FME 107

       Course Name: Blueprint Reading for Building Trades

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course concentrates on language of architectural construction documents.  Content includes visualization; sections, details and schedules; structural drawings; specifications and building codes; heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems; plumbing systems; electrical systems; free-hand mechanical sketchings (board and on-site) and verbal and written communication.  Fee $20

IV.   Learning Objectives

The course will be in parts, focusing on the interpretation of construction documents for residential and commercial type structures.

 Specifically, the material to be covered will include: 

  1.  Language of architectural construction documents; 
  2.  Visualization:  developing a three-dimensional mental image of a two dimensional drawing; 
  3.  Floor plans, building sections, details and schedules; 
  4.  Structural drawings; 
  5.  Specifications and building codes; 
  6.  Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning systems; 
  7.  Plumbing systems; 
  8.  Electrical systems; 
  9.  Free-hand and mechanical sketches (board and on-site); and
  10.  Verbal and written communication.

 Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the student will be able to: 

  1.  Interpret the graphic language of the architectural drawings, including the meaning of commonly used specifications; 
  2.  Interpret the information contained in building codes and manufacturer’s literature; 
  3.  Make freehand and mechanical sketches; 
  4.  List the general and specific information found on each drawing within a set of blueprints.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Working Drawings and Blueprints
  2. Reading Drawings
  3. Reading Elevation Drawings
  4. Reading Floor Plans
  5. Symbols and Notations Used on Floor Plans
  6. Scaling and Dimensioning Practices
  7. Reading Blueprints for Structural Information
  8. Reading Detail Drawings
  9. The Plot Plan

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The methods include lectures, videos, class discussions; a mixture of classroom exercise

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course. [Note: the last part of this sentence – starting with “face-to-face” – may be shortened as appropriate.]

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. All laboratory safety rules must be followed by students.
  2. The maximum allowed absences are six (6).  Any more will result in a failing grade. (Three absences will lower your grade by one letter grade).
  3. All quizzes and exam must be completed.
  4. Three tardiness will be equal to one absence.
  5. Each student must participate in shop practices.
  6. Do not leave the class for the evening without notifying your instructor.
  7. The schedule of lecture and lab assignments is tentative.  It may change as conditions dictate.
  8. Lecture attendance is mandatory. 

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Books to be chosen by the instructor.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Quizzes, Mid-term and a comprehensive final exam.
  2. Assessment of performance on exercises and laboratory task.
  3. "Hands on" performance evaluation.

XI.   Other Course Information

Three absences lowers the final letter grade three letters.  Six absences will result in failure of the course. All appropriate safety precautions must be observed during lab sessions.  Any accident must be reported immediately.  The lab must be cleaned and all equipment picked up before leaving.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.