TADV-100: Basic Print Reading

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
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, & Drawing Revisions Systems
  6. Multi view Drawings
  7. Section Views
  8. Auxiliary Views
  9. Screw Thread Representation
  10. Dimensioning
  11. Tolerancing
  12. Machining Specifications & Drawing Notes
  13. Surface Texture Symbols & Drawing Revision Systems
  14. Geometric Dimensioning & 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

    Each student must complete the weekly assigned bonus print reading questions at the end of each chapter.

    • Final Exam accounts for 20% of the final Grade.
    • Print Reading Exercises account for 80% of the Grade.
    • More than 3 absences will result in a full grade reduction or a failure of the course, based upon industry standards.

    Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship Department with approval by the Division.

    Approval Dates

    Effective Term
    Summer 2014
    ILT Approval Date
    Curriculum Committee Approval Date