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Tutoring in Blueprint Reading

Process Flow Schematic of the Gas Producer Process at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant, Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States of America
The plant (HSAAP) was constructed during WWII for the manufacture of the military high explosive Composition B, and its chief ingredient RDX.
In addition to these products, HSAAP also manufactured a number of its own raw materials, including, by means of coal gasification, a furnace fuel
known as "producer gas." In almost continuous operation since its construction in 1943, the Producer Gas Plant contained 12, up-draft, "producer" units,
which represented the most common type of producer gas technology. The plant is still in operation.
Public Domain, National Park Service,
Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), Library of Congress

Tutoring objective

Provides the learner with the experience of going step-by-step through specific drawings related to their employment and acquiring the ability to extract the information they will need.

Who will benefit from this tutoring

Areas of subject assistance

Areas of general assistance

What is Unique About This Tutoring

Existing blueprint reading course tend to focus on the myriad symbols, line types and views found in blueprints. The idea is that if you can memorize all the different symbols, lines and views and their meanings then you can "read" a blueprint. This is a difficult approach for the learner and also not a very effective one.

Instead with one-on-one tutoring the learner will choose the specific blueprints they are having trouble with and we will go through them at the pace and comprehension level the student can handle. The learner will still get the know the symbols, line and views in the context of a drawing that has meaning to them such that retention of the material becomes much easier and more effective.

Existing blueprint reading courses and textbooks almost always show nearly perfect drawings from which to learn and this can be very helpful. But reality is usually not that nice. Unfortunately, more drawings that you will encounter in your career will be deficient and sometimes even obfuscating. You rarely can just throw up your hands and walk away. Time will be spent on learning how to deal with the frequently occurring "less than perfect" drawings. More effort will be required to decipher these nightmares, but there are methodical ways to approach the problem and get at least some results.

Besides being able to read the lines of the drawing itself, insight will also be given on how to read between the lines of the drawing so as to figure out intangible information about the people you are dealing with.

Blueprint Used for Learning

It will be best if the learner has blueprints from their own work to used in the tutoring. However, if the learner only knows the general type of blueprint they will encounter but does not have examples of their own we can find ample blueprints applicable to their employment from the large selection available online as well as from technical manuals. We might also be able, with some discussion, to figure out other ways to find good examples from their own employment environment.

Example Blueprint Types See Examples of Technical Illustrations and the Places they are Used