​The Process Automation Technician two-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 Technicians rely on the strong technical knowledge of the 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.

Graduates of the Process Automation Technician program are eligible for entrance into the third year of the Process Automation Engineering Technology program. The program shares a common first year with the Electrical Power Systems Technician program.


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

  1. Function successfully as entry-level technicians in the processing industry. 
  2. 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 has very diverse applications. Program graduates may find employment in production plants, hospitals, and oil and gas facilities, as well as private, government and non-profit sectors. With successful completion of the technician diploma, students are eligible for entry to the Process Automation Engineering Technology program to further enhance these skills and growth potential.

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 Admissions & Registration Department or the Career Counseling and Resource Centre. 

Important Notes

  • This program may not be suitable for applicants who do not have normal colour perception.
  • Students should be aware of the strenuous physical dexterity required in this training program.
  • Employers will normally demand that all applicants undergo a physical capabilities assessment prior to hiring.
  • This program is under review and a revised study plan will come into effect on January 2020. Please check the website for any changes or updates to this Academic Calendar for 2020.

Request for more information

We are excited you are interested in joining CNA-Q's School of Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades! You can request for more information or contact below for general inquiries:

School of Engineering Technology

+974 4495 2300

Entrance requirements

  1. High school graduation certificate with the following:
    English Language (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
    Academic Mathematics (Grade 12 level)
    Minimum 60% 
    ​Or Advanced Mathematics
    (Grade 12 level)
    ​Minimum 50%
    Two science courses selected from Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics. One of these must be at the Grade 12 level and the other may be at the Grade 11 Level. Chemistry and Physics are highly recommended.
    Minimum 50%
  2. The required score on the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) 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 OOPT. For score requirements on other internationally-recognized tests such as TOEFL, contact the Admissions & Registration Department.
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. See the Academic Calendar (Admissions Section - Mature Student Requirements, page 15).

Language proficiency Requirements

  1. An overall score of 65 or greater on the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Admissions & Registration Department.
  2. A valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, listening) below 4.5.
  3. Successful completion of FL1090, a language development course.