How to Read Blueprints for the Commercial Electrician
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How to Read Blueprints for the Commercial Electrician

We put the plans in your hands. The rest is up to you.
4.5 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
35 students enrolled
Published 7/2012
English
Price: $50
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Includes:
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
What Will I Learn?
  • The goal of this course is to rapidly teach the student to learn the essential basics of commercial blueprint reading.
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Requirements
  • There are no requirements or prerequisites for this course.
Description

This lesson is so much more than a "picture on a page." It contains over 5 hours of clearly explained video material. You will quickly learn the essential, fundamental elements of blueprint reading that you will need to do your job. It contains a zip file so that you can print our your own FULL-SIZE (24" by 36") 34 page set of commercial blueprints from a 3600 square foot build out. This is the perfect sized job where the student will be exposed to a wide variety of situations without getting overwhelmed by highly specialized and seldom used applications. You will learn how to Navigate and Cross-Reference between the pages easily, a very essential part of electrician training. You will get thorough training on the Mechanical pages, the Panel Schedules, and often over-looked pages like the Furniture Floor Plan and the Door and Window Schedules. Knowledge of these things helps you solve problems before they become problems. Installing wiring will become much easier after learning this material. There is also a special section on Red-Line Drawings. We put the plans in your hands. The rest it up to you.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended to teach a complete beginner, and may also be helpful as a review for someone with more experience
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
04:49:31
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How to Read Blueprints for the Commercial Electrician
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Just click on the "Extras" tab to the right and download the zip file with the set of blueprints to your computer.  Download it in a place that you will be able to find it easily.  

It is important to go through the lesson from start to finish.  Please avoid the temptation to jump right to the electrical pages. You will need the previous material to thoroughly understand how the electrical system is drawn in this set of prints.

Download File and Print Your Set of Blueprints
00:21

It is important to go through the lesson from start to finish.  Please avoid the temptation to jump right to the electrical pages. You will need the previous material to thoroughly understand how the electrical system is drawn in this set of prints.


Lesson Introduction - How to get the most out of this lesson.
How to handle a set of blueprints.
Chapter 1
11:14

It is important to go through the lesson from start to finish.  Please avoid the temptation to jump right to the electrical pages. You will need the previous material to thoroughly understand how the electrical system is drawn in this set of prints.

A0.0 Title and Information Sheet
The front page of a set of blueprints has a lot of job critical information that many people often skip over.  This video shows how important that information is to the job, and how to understand how it relates to the rest of the pages in the set of prints.

Clip EB 1.2

Preview 06:50

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

A0.1 Standard Notes and Abbreviations
These are basic to understanding the prints.

A0.2 Wall Types
This shows how to determine what materials and dimensions the wall are, which is very important when determining how to do your electrical installation.


Clip EB 1.3
Preview 09:46

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

A0.3 Code Study Plan
This page gives a basic overview of the project.

A1.1 Partial Site Plan
This page shows what section of the entire complex the build out is in.  It is helpful for site lighting if needed.

A2.0 Demolition Floor Plan
This page shows what parts of the existing structure must be removed or altered.



Clip EB 1.4

Sheets A0.3 A1.1 A2.0
08:58

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

A2.1 Foundation Plan
This is mainly about the concrete, but is gives information on the electrical installation if you have to do underground work.

A2.2 Floor Plan
This page shows how the walls are laid out.

Clip EB 1.5

A2.1 Foundation Plan A2.2 Floor Plan
06:38

This is a continuation of the previous video on page A2.2 Floor Plan. 
A2.2 Floor Plan Continued
11:01

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

A2.3 Furniture Floor Plan
This page shows how the furniture will be place in the offices so you can see how it integrates with the electrical system - mostly with the receptacles.

A2.4 Finish Floor Plan
This page shows what types of materials are used on the floors.

A2.5 Door and Window Schedule
This page gives details on how to integrate the electrical system around the doors and windows.

A2.6 Finish Schedule
This page gives more details on how to use the materials mentioned on Page A2.4

A4.1 Millwork Elevations
This page shows how things like receptacles and data outlets get incorporated into and among cabinets and other millwork.

Clip EB 2.1
Sheets A2.3 , A2.4, A2.5. A2.6, A4.1
12:38

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

A4.2 Millwork Sections
This page gives more details on the Millwork and can be cross referenced with Page A4.1.



Clip EB 2,2
A4.2 Millwork Sections
09:09

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

A6.1 Reflected Ceiling Plan
This page shows how everything in the ceiling fits together.  It mostly deals with lights, the ducts and vents, and possibly the sprinkler and fire alarm system.  It is a very important page to understand well.

A6.1 Reflected Ceiling Plan
10:37

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

A6.1 Reflected Ceiling Plan Continued

A9.1 Interior Details
This page shows framing details and can be helpful to give you an idea on how to install things like recessed can lights.

A9.2 Interior Details
This page shows details on parts of the job that are a bit specialized due to the nature of their design. 
Sheets A6.1 Continued, A9.1, A9.2
11:58

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

M2.1 Mechanical Schedule and Notes
This page gives detailed information needed to coordinate the electrical system with the HVAC system.



Clip EB 3.1
M2.1 Mechanical Schedule and Notes
08:46

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

M1.1 Mechanical Floor Plan
This page also gives detailed information needed to coordinate the electrical system with the HVAC system.


Clip EB 3.2

M1.1 Mechanical Floor Plan
07:07

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

M2.2 Mechanical Details
This page gives more detailed information needed to coordinate the electrical system with the HVAC system.

M2.3 Mechanical Details
This page gives more detailed information needed to coordinate the electrical system with the HVAC system.

P1.1 Plumbing Floor Plan
P2.1 Plumbing Details
These pages deal mostly with any necessary integration between the plumbing and electrical systems.



Sheets M2.2, M2.3, P1.1, P2.1
07:22

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

E0.1 Symbols, Abbreviations and General Notes
This page goes into great detail on the necessary information that is important for this particular job. Much of this information will be standard for almost every electrical job, but you must look for job specific information and differences on this page. 

Clip EB 4.1

E0.1 Symbols, Abbreviations and General Notes
12:47

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

E0.1 Symbols, Abbreviations and General Notes Continued
This is a continuation of the explanation of page E0.1.

Clip EB 4.2
Sheet E0.1 Continued
13:53

You will be given detailed instruction on reading the following pages in your set of prints: 

E3.1 Lighting Plan
This page goes into the details on how to install the lighting system. 


Clip EB 4.3
E3.1 Lighting Plan
13:47

E3.1 Lighting Plan Continued
This video is a continued explanation of E3.1.



Clip EB 4.4

E3.1 Lighting Plan Continued
10:13

E4.1 Power Plan
This page goes into detail of how to install the receptacles and equipment power for this unit.




Clip EB 5.1

E4.1 Power Plan
08:57

E4.1 Power Plan Continued
This is a continued explanation of E4.1.



Clip EB 5.2
E4.1 Power Plan Continued
10:51

E4.1 Power Plan Continued
This is a continued explanation of E4.1.

E4.1 Power Plan Continued
10:43

E4.2 Mechanical Power Plan
This page shows how the main power to the building integrates with our project and part of the building.



Clip EB 6.1

E4.2 Mechanical Power Plan
05:34

E5.1 One Line Diagrams, Schedules and Calculations
This page shows engineering calculations, and gives a detailed look at the panel schedules.



Clip EB 6.2

E5.1 One Line Diagrams, Schedules and Calcs
14:02

E5.1 One Line Diagrams, Schedules and Calculations Continued

E 7.1 Fire Alarm Plan
This page shows details on the installation of the devices for the fire alarm system.


clip EB 6.3
Sheet E5.1 Cont'd, Sheet E 7.1 Fire Alarm Plan
14:11

Sheet FA-01
This page gives a greater detail of the fire alarm system and the requirements needed to integrate it with the electrical system. 

It also gives details on the symbols used on the fire alarm prints.


Clip EB 6.4

Sheet FA-01
10:02

FA-01 Continued
This video is a continuation of an explanation for sheet FA-01.



Clip EB 6.5
Sheet FA-01 Continued
08:49

Sheet FA-02
This video shows how the fire alarm system for the build out section incorporates into the entire building's fire alarm system.




Clip EB 7.1

Sheet FA-02
10:36

Red Line Diagrams

This video demonstrates how to "red line" the prints.  Basically, if any significant changes were made, a record of those changes must be made available to the client.




Clip EB 7.2
Red Line Diagrams
14:59

Red Line Diagrams Continued
The video on "red lining" a project is continued.

Lesson Conclusion
Final general information on how to read blueprints.



Clip EB 7.3
Red Line Diagrams Cont'd, Lesson Conclusion
07:12

Final Conclusion of Lesson
00:17
About the Instructor
Electrician Basics Franck Benedetti
4.6 Average rating
20 Reviews
511 Students
6 Courses

Hello, I have been doing electrical work for over 20 years.  The most enjoyable part of my job has always been to teach an apprecntice who is eager to learn. I finally found the formula to do this on video just as well as if I were standing right next to you.  

When I'm not using tools, I like to cycle, play water sports, and practice tai chii.  I like to travel and learn languages also.