The Process Automation Engineering Technology three-year diploma program combines technical problem solving abilities, an appreciation for working in a team environment and an aptitude for hands-on work. Graduates will work closely with engineers, technologists, technicians and tradespersons. Process Automation Engineering Technologists rely on strong technical knowledge of the design and operation of process instrumentation and control systems and hands-on skills in the repair and maintenance of a variety of these systems, including microprocessor-based process field instrumentation and programmable control systems.

Students can exit after two years to achieve Process Automation Technician two-year diploma.


Upon successful completion of the three-year program, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Function successfully as entry-level technicians or engineering technologists in the Middle East processing industry.
  2. Design, analyze and maintain process automation systems.
  3. Install, troubleshoot and maintain process automation field and control room devices and systems such as programmable logic control, distributed control and emergency shutdown systems.
  4. Use specific computer software in the implementation, calibration and design of process automated systems.

Career Opportunities

Process Automation Engineering Technology has very diverse applications. A Process Automation Engineering Technologist will find employment in production plants, hospitals, oil and gas facilities, private sector, government and non-profit sectors.

Further Studies

Graduates of the Process Automation Engineering Technology program may have the opportunity to transfer credits to other academic institutions. A current list of post-secondary institutions offering admission and transfer credit to CNA-Q graduates who meet the entrance requirements is available from the Registrar’s Office or the Career Counseling and Resource Centre. Staff in both these offices will provide support and assistance to CNA-Q graduates seeking to further their post-secondary studies. For more information, please refer to the Program. Articulation and Transfer Credit section in this Academic Calendar.

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School of Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades

+974 4495 2295

Entrance requirements

  1. High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% average, in the following:
    AverageMinimum 60%
    English Language (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
    Academic Mathematics (Grade 12 level)
    Minimum 60% 
    Two Science courses selected from: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics. One must be Grade 12; the other may be Grade 11 level. Chemistry and Physics are highly recommended.
  2. Obtaining the required score on the Academic English Placement (AEP) and Academic Math Placement (AMP). Students who present a valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form received within two years with an overall band 5.0 with no individual skill band below 4.5 are exempt from taking the AEP. For score requirements on other internationally-recognized tests such as TOEFL, contact the Registrar’s Office.
Note: Applicants who do not meet the entrance requirements and are 19 years of age or older, may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Clause.

Language proficiency Requirements

  1. An overall score of 71 or greater on the Oxford Online Placement Test, as administered and validated by the CNA-Q Testing Centre.
  2. Present a valid Academic IELTS exam with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) below 4.5.
  3. Successfully complete FL1090, a pass/fail language development course where the final examination is the OOPT. A score of 71 or greater is required on the OOPT.