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Interpreting Engineering Drawings, 7th Edition

  • Cecil H. Jensen
  • Dr. Jay D. Helsel
  • Ed Espin
  • ISBN-10: 0176531513
  • ISBN-13: 9780176531515
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2007, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

Interpreting Engineering Drawings is the only blueprint reading text designed to provide customized drawing interpretation courses for each and every student. The seventh Canadian edition builds on the success of the previous editions in preparing students for careers in today’s technology-intensive industries. Now, more than ever, people entering industry and those in industry who seek to upgrade their knowledge and skills require educational materials that reflect the current state of technology. This trend makes this up-to-date text a valuable asset for training personnel to participate and compete in today’s global marketplace.


  • The first chapters cover the core concepts of blueprint reading from orthographic views to section views. The second and third sections include topics of different fields of mechanical drafting such as structural steel, welding, piping, and GDT.

  • Numerous examples and illustrations are provided to show the applications of each concept that is described

  • Colour is used extensively in the text to draw attention to important concepts.

  • Tables are provided to summarize useful data for future reference.

  • Many assignment drawings contain questions that require the student to follow a logical thought process to arrive at the answer

  • Instructor Resources are available in one convenient location online and include: Enriched Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, Computerized Test Bank, PowerPoint® Lecture Slides, and Image Bank.

About the Author

Cecil H. Jensen

Cecil H. Jensen took an early retirement from teaching to devote his full time to technical writing. He held the position of Technical Director at the McLaughlin Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, and has more than twenty-seven years of teaching experience in mechanical drafting. He was an active member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Committee on Technical Drawings. Mr. Jensen has represented Canada at international (ISO) conferences on engineering drawing standards, which took place in Oslo, Norway and Paris, France. He also represented Canada on the ANSI Y14.5M Committee on Dimensioning and Tolerancing. He is the successful author of numerous texts including Engineering Drawing and Design, Fundamentals of Engineering Drawing, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Engineering and Manufacturing Technology, Computer-Aided Engineering Drawing, and Home Planning and Design. Before he began teaching, Mr. Jensen spent several years in industrial design. He also supervised the evening courses in Oshawa and was responsible for teaching selected courses for General Motors Corporation apprentices.

Dr. Jay D. Helsel

Jay D. Helsel has worked more than 35 years in education, having served as a professor of applied engineering and technology courses, chairperson of the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology, and Vice President for Administration and Finance at California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Helsel has had extensive experience teaching mechanical drafting at both the secondary and post-secondary levels and has worked in industry as well. He holds an undergraduate degree from California University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Helsel is now a full-time writer and has authored publications such as Engineering Drawing and Design, Fundamentals of Engineering Drawing, Programmed Blueprint Reading, Computer-Aided Engineering Drawing, and Mechanical Drawing: Board and CAD Techniques, as well as various workbooks and other ancillary products associated with the above publications.

Ed Espin

Ed Espin is an instructor at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario and has more than twenty years of teaching experience in mechanical drafting. Several of his students have received awards in the Ontario and Canada Skills competitions. He has also been responsible for teaching selected courses to different companies and groups in the Toronto metropolitan area. To maintain his mechanical and drafting skills, he is often engaged in industrial assignments and special projects for different companies.

Table of Contents

Part One: Basic Mechanical Drafting
Part Two: Mechanical Drafting Applications
Part Three: Modern Engineering Tolerancing