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Blueprints and Plans for HVAC
Learn How to Read, Interpret and Use HVAC Blueprints Like A Pro With This All-Inclusive Book

By Joseph Moravek, Curtis McGuirt, Wilma B. Miller - Fourth Edition

Learn how to read and use blueprints like a pro!

Air conditioning drawings and hands-on exercises are the main focus of this new book, designed to help readers master the basics of blueprint reading and apply their new skills to work in the HVAC trade.

Ideal for both technical students and entry-level HVAC field technicians alike, Blueprints and Plans for HVAC, 4E begins by reviewing basic mathematic procedures and safety considerations. Chapters that follow provide opportunities to gain first-hand experience in key areas, such as: using the architect's and engineer's scale, creating and using working and construction drawings, freehand sketching and drafting with instruments, and more!

The final section of this all-inclusive book goes beyond basic concepts, enabling users to gain valuable skills in reading and interpreting architectural, ductwork, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing plans.

Features of Blueprints and Plans for HVAC:

  • Illustrations, photos, graphs, and sketches serve as visual aids, putting users on the fast track to developing new blueprint reading skills and applying information to the HVAC trade
  • A full set of actual blueprints for an air conditioning system in a commercial building is included for use in completing exercises in the book, enhancing the learning experience
  • Helpful appendices provide instant access for beginners to frequently used geometric figures and formulas, conversion tables, abbreviations and symbols
  • No prior knowledge is assumed, making this book ideal for use by anyone planning a career in the HVAC industry or the building trades

About the Author:

Joseph Moravek is the HVACR director at Nance Universal HVACR Technical School in Beaumont, Texas, where he is responsible for short- and long-term training course development and updating curriculum. He also occasionally teaches local and overseas HVACR classes for Nance. In addition, he serves as a consultant with Mechanical Training Service, Houston, Texas, doing EPA training, continuing education for contractors and other custom developed coursework. A licensed air conditioning and refrigeration contractor in the state of Texas, he holds several ICE and NATE certifications, is a member of the ASHRAE, CARE and AEE professional organizations and has a master's degree in education. Mr. Moravek started in the HVACR profession in 1976 doing heat load calculation for a federally-funded weatherization program. His experience also includes working as an HVACR technician and inspector for the city of Houston. He served as the HVACR lead instructor at Lee College for 14 years.

Curtis McGuirt is vice president of Nance International in Beaumont, Texas, where he supervises and coordinates the estimating, design and drafting of the programs. EPA certified, he has traveled extensively worldwide to provide training to offshore drilling and marine customers. Throughout his career, he has focused on areas such as HVAC load calculations, equipment selection, equipment design, duct design, piping design, electrical design, specifications, and CAD drawings. Mr. McGuirt began in the HVACR profession in 1966 as a laboratory technician for General Electric Company, working 15 years in the design of air conditioning equipment for residential and commercial units. He helped in the development of the first factory heat pump training school for air conditioning technicians. He has served on the advisory boards of Shreveport-Bossier Vocational School, Air Conditioning Training, in Shreveport, La., and on the advisory board of Lamar Institute of Technology, Air Conditioning Training, in Beaumont. A licensed mechanical contractor for air conditioning and refrigeration in Louisiana, he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.


Review of Basic Mathematical Procedures.
Linear Measurement.
Angular Measurement.
Learning to Use the Architect's Scale.
Learning to Use the Engineer's Scale.
Symbols and Abbreviations.
How Working Drawings Are Created.
Categories of Working Drawings.
Sections, Elevations, and Details.
Creating Construction Drawings.
Who Uses Construction Drawings?
Title Blocks.

Orthographic Projection.
Oblique Drawings.
Isometric Drawings.
Lettering and Notations.
Organizing a Drawing Sheet.
Shading and Crosshatching.
Drawing Construction Elevations.
Construction Details.
Freehand Sketching.
Drafting With Instruments.

Reading Architectural Plans.
Ductwork Plans.
Reading Mechanical Plans.
Reading Electrical Plans.
Reading Plumbing Plans.
Introduction to Load Calculations.

336 Pages - Paperback, 8-1/2 x 11 in.
Published July 2012
ISBN: 113358814X
ISBN-13: 978-1133588146

Blueprints and Plans for HVAC - Delmar Cengage Learning - 113358814X - ISBN: 113358814X - ISBN-13: 9781133588146
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Blueprints and Plans for HVAC - Delmar Cengage Learning - 113358814X - ISBN: 113358814X - ISBN-13: 9781133588146
Paperback, 336 pages

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