How to Read Blueprints: An Introduction
When you work as a professional contractor, you have to face the facts: there are a lot of competitors out there. How are you going to prove to your customers that you offer the best services at the most competitive rates—and still make sure that you go home with a profit at the end of the day? In truth, it’s all about gaining a competitive edge.
The best way to keep up with the competition is to be the best contractor you can be—don’t stop reaching for your educational goals once you’re licensed; embrace additional classifications. Every classification you can stack on top of your original license will act as another tool that you have in your repertoire, and while there are many different routes when it comes to choosing classifications, one of the most valuable skills is how to read blueprints.
First, Pick a School That You Can Trust
If you’re in Southern California, stop in for a one-of-a-kind blueprint reading seminar at Contractors License Resource Group. Not only do our experts have over 35 years of experience when it comes to helping students pass their contractors license exams and teaching contractors how to read blueprints, but we offer a wide variety of other classes, including business planning and marketing.
For those who are interested in an introductory blueprint reading course, our Blueprint Reading Fundamentals seminar (BPR-101) is the perfect opportunity for you to get your foot in the door! In as little as one weekend, you can gain an invaluable tool for your repertoire and increase the spectrum of your future business opportunities by leaps and bounds. Here’s a brief introduction of what you’ll be able to learn:
Understand the Meanings of Common Lines, Symbols, and Standard Conventions
When you first set out, you will be learning the basics on how to read residential drawings. While blueprints may seem confusing in the beginning, by the time you’ve completed the course, you will an amazing grasp on the many lines, symbols, and abbreviations that contractors commonly use in their blueprints and what they mean. In fact, once all of the obscurity melts away, you’ll be left with what can be compared to a bare bones list of requirements and procedural instructions that can be read, analyzed, and carried out with efficiency.
Better Judge Material Needs & the Scope of the Project
Before bidding on a job, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into. By learning how to read blueprints, you can distinguish the exact tools and materials you’ll need to get the job done and make a more informed bid. For starters, you will be able to use what you’ve gleaned from the blueprints to factor in material cost of the job, as well as identify any tools you would need to reach completion. Secondly, you will learn how to take dimensions from the drawings so that you can better interpret the true scope of what you’re planning to take on.
Without knowing how to read blueprints, you can make a grievous misinterpretation of the job’s requirements, resulting in a loss of profit, a waste of your valuable time, and if it goes really bad, you may even soil your reputation. Don’t take the chances—learn how to read blueprints and it will all be smooth sailing.
Enroll in One of Our Blueprint Reading Seminars Today!
At CLRG, we have something for everyone, no matter their experience level. Sign up for our Blueprint Reading Fundamentals seminar today and let us help you take the next step in your career. If you can’t get enough, come back for our Blueprint Reading Advanced seminar where we’ll teach you to how to read blueprints of a more advanced nature, including: architectural, structural, civil, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and landscaping blueprints. If you have any questions, feel free to call us today at 888-903-4803!