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Course Description

The Blueprint Reading for Machinists course is a comprehensive guide to interpreting drawings commonly found in manufacturing. This is the 'short course' of 'need to know' information for blueprint reading in machine trades.  Beginning with the background of blueprints, looking at the types of lines used on a drawing, and how parts are shown in different views. Dimensioning and Tolerancing are explained, as well as an introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.

This course is intended as an introduction to understanding blueprints and being able to visualize and understand the intent of the designer or draftsman as presented in a blueprint.  The first step in making quality parts or assemblies is interpreting the drawing correctly and applying the given information to the final product.

Completing this course will enhance the learner's ability to gain employment in a manufacturing/machining area and/or increase their chances of advancement in related areas.

Blueprint Reading for Machinists is taught by John Clayton who has over 26 years in manufacturing/machining as a production machinist, toolmaker, supervisor, and Instructor of Machine Tool Technology in technical education. The course will enable the learner to interpret drawings commonly found in a manufacturing/machining environment. Understanding of the concepts of blueprint reading can enable the learner to attain a new position requiring blueprint reading skills.

All materials required for the Blueprint Reading for Machinists course are contained within the course. A student may utilize drawings found in their workplace as reference to concepts presented in the course.

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson One - Intro to Blueprint Reading

    The background of drawings, the standards used to create drawings, some of the basics of any drawing, and units of measurement.
  • Lesson Two - Lines

    The five main types of lines that are used in drawings, other types of lines commonly found in a blueprint, and examples of all types of lines.
  • Lesson Three - Views

    The shape and complexity of a part or assembly will determine the number and types of views on a blueprint. This lesson will address the different views commonly found on a blueprint, with examples of their use and descriptions.
  • Lesson Four - Dimensioning & Tolerancing

    All parts have size features and limitations to those features. This unit details various methods of indicating a feature size and the importance of creating limits for feature sizes.
  • Lesson Five - Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

    This is an introduction to a higher level of dimensioning and tolerancing becoming more prevalent with the greater demand for consistent quality parts manufactured world-wide.
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Course Title: Blueprint Reading for Machinists
Course Number: 8683
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Technical Skill (Novice)
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: John Clayton
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $35.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $60.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the standards used to create drawings and units of measurement.
  • Describe the six main types of lines that are used in drawings.
  • Describe the number and types of views on a blueprint.
  • Summarize the various methods of indicating a feature size and the importance of creating limits for feature sizes.
  • Describe geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson One Review QuizExam100
Identification of LinesAssignment30
Lesson Two Review QuizExam100
Lesson Three Review QuizExam99.9000015258789
Dimensioning and TolerancingAssignment20
Dimensioning and Tolerancing IIAssignment20
Lesson Four Review QuizExam99.9599990844727
GD &TAssignment20
Lesson Five Review QuizExam99.9599990844727
Total Points:609.819999694824
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