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Commercial Blueprints

Learn how to efficiently navigate commercial blueprints, interpret construction drawings, and apply these concepts on a real job with carpenter and builder, Elly Hart. Spanish subtitles available.  

Price: $75

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Learn From a Pro

Elly Hart is a carpenter and site lead on multi-family developments in Vancouver, Canada. She is constantly learning, and is excited to share with you how to navigate and work with commercial blueprints.

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12 In-Depth Lessons

Each video lesson dives deep into understanding and navigating commercial blueprints. Lessons average about 5 minutes each, with a total course time of 1 hour, 2 minutes.

 

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Practical Resources

Downloadable blueprints and exercises help you get real-world practice. If you would like a physical copy of the blueprints, we recommend printing them on 24" x 36" sheets at your local copy store.

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Certificate of Completion

After completing the training and passing the assessments, you will receive a Certificate of Course Completion. Share with future employers to show your commitment to continuing education.

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Lifetime Access

With a course purchase, you have lifetime access to the course. Take the Commercial Blueprints course anytime, anywhere, as often as you'd like. Our courses are meant to be an ongoing resource for you, no matter where you are in your journey.

 

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Affordable and Convenient

Our online courses are an affordable and convenient way to develop new skills. If you aren't sure you want to make a time and money commitment to colleges and trade school, our courses are a way to gain skills in a more flexible and cost-efficient manner.

About Your Instructor

Elly Hart is a site lead on multi-family developments in Vancouver, Canada. Born and raised in Australia, she was an award-winning journalist writing and editing stories about consumer technology. In 2012, Elly traveled to Canada for a short working holiday and never left. She picked up woodworking, which inspired her to quit her desk job. In 2015, she signed up for a four-year carpentry apprenticeship. Her job site experience started with renovations for a design-build company before moving on to multi-family developments where she worked her way from apprentice to lead carpenter to assistant site superintendent. Elly graduated from the apprenticeship program with distinction in 2019, holds a Certificate of Qualification (Red Seal) in carpentry, and is currently working towards a degree in construction management. She is dedicated to challenging public perceptions of the construction industry and advancing the skilled trades through education and mentorship.

Lesson Plan

12 Video Lessons  (1h 2m)

 

Construction Teacher Teaching Blueprints Class

Lesson 1: Course Overview

Welcome to the course! Meet your instructor, Elly, a carpenter and site lead in Vancouver, as she shares her journey with you and discusses the importance of being able to read commercial blueprints.

Architect's Ruler for scales and measurement

Lesson 2: Residential vs. Commercial Drawings

Residential blueprints and commercial blueprints have a lot in common and plenty of differences. Elly teaches you the basic distinctions between them.

How to read title sheets and lesson plans

Lesson 3: Title Sheet and Project Statistics

The title sheet lays out the what and the why of a project, the context, and the scope of work. Learn to read this crucial and often-overlooked page.

How to read floor plans

Lesson 4: LEED and Built Green Requirements

Built Green and LEED are environmental standards that are increasingly applied to commercial builds. Learn to navigate these requirements and the tradeoffs associated with them.

How to read elevations and sections

Lesson 5: Window Schedule

Schedules provide detailed information about specific building components like walls, doors, windows, and hardware that may appear multiple times throughout a building.

Construction Teacher in Blueprints Class

Lesson 6: Door Schedule

Learn even more about how schedules function on a commercial build with this deep dive into doors.

How to read details and schedules

Lesson 7: Site Plan

The site plan is a bird's eye view of everything contained within the property lines of your build, and contains critical information that will be especially helpful during pre-construction.

How to read structural drawings

Lesson 8: Demolition and Retention

Demolition and retention drawings are used in renovations: they show you what gets demolished and what stays in place.

How to read MEP Drawings and Plans

Lesson 9: Floor Plans

Floor plans are often considered to be the most consequential drawings in a set of blueprints. Elly shows you how to navigate them and use them as the basis for surfacing and solving problems on your build.

Construction Teacher in Blueprints Class

Lesson 10: Reflected Ceiling Plans

Reflected ceiling plans, or RCPs, give you additional context about ceiling construction than is often included in the floor plans.

Construction Teacher in Blueprints Class

Lesson 11: Sections

Section views show you a building from the side, as though it were sliced like a layer cake. This useful perspective can help you understand how the whole building fits together.

Construction Teacher in Blueprints Class

Lesson 12: Detail Drawings

Detail drawings show you how specific elements of the building should be constructed. Here, Elly demonstrates how to find the information you need to build a key component of commercial builds: the exit stairs.


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