TADV-100: Basic Print Reading

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Trade & Apprentice Education
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Developmental
Course Number
Course Title
Basic Print Reading
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Discusses print reading fundamentals needed for presenting concepts and techniques to various segments of today’s industry. Includes the alphabet (use) of lines; projection of various shapes and surfaces; presentation of hidden details; and methods, units of measurement, and techniques used for locating details in a variety of drawings.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Six Areas of the Blueprint
  2. Line Convensions
  3. Lettering
  4. Measurement Tools
  5. Title Block, Parts List, and Drawing Revisions Systems
  6. Multi view Drawings
  7. Section Views
  8. Auxiliary Views
  9. Screw Thread Representation
  10. Dimensioning
  11. Tolerancing
  12. Machining Specifications and Drawing Notes
  13. Surface Texture Symbols and Drawing Revision Systems
  14. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  15. Detail Drawings
  16. Assembly Drawings
  17. Welding Prints
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Define the difference between mechanical factory/shop prints, mechanical architectural construction prints, and surveyor’s prints.
  • Explain the size difference of prints.
  • Read measuring scales/micrometers.
  • Convert US standards to metric and decimals using conversions.
  • Read basic blueprints and reference various sections on prints for common questions/answers.
  • Use the grid systems effectively on prints.
  • Interpret various notes after reading the necessary information on prints.
  • Explain call-out tags and extra notes.
  • Identify different drawing views.
  • Interpret welding notes/instructions on blueprints.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE department.


Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE department.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Departmental Exam
Skilled Demonstration
Effective Term
Winter 2021