An instrumentation technician inspects and tests instruments and plant machinery to ensure optimal and safe operation. Working in Qatar’s Energy and Industry (E & I) sector, an instrumentation technician reads and interprets instrumentation drawings, installs and maintains new or existing instruments, calibrates and maintains instrument components used to control or measure level, pressure, flow, and temperature, diagnoses instrumentation faults, and consults with process operators. Instrumentation technicians generally work in the maintenance departments of factories, plants, refineries, and other industrial establishments.

The Technician Certificate (Instrumentation) program prepares graduates for entry into a career as technicians in the instrumentation field within Qatar’s E & I sector. The program is competency-based with two workplace learning components carried out within the students’ sponsoring company: a 4-week workplace orientation in the first half of the program, and a 24-week worksite practicum at the end.

Students receive workplace safety training at the beginning of the program, with safety principles reinforced throughout every course and technical task in the program. Program courses include Process Control Fundamentals, Instrumentation Drawings, Pneumatic Components/Valves, Electrical, Electronic, and Digital Logic Circuits, as well as Pressure, Level, Flow, Temperature, and Advanced Control Loops. This program is designed to be delivered using a block training schedule within 12-week semesters.


Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Calibrate and maintain instrument components used to control or measure level, pressure, flow and temperature.
  2. Consult manufacturers’ manuals to determine testing and maintenance procedures.
  3. Use pneumatic, electrical, and electronic testing devices to inspect and test plant instruments.
  4. Read and interpret instrumentation drawings.
  5. Work as a member of a team in a variety of technical projects and tasks.
  6. Apply safe work practices and personal protection.

Career Opportunities

With the industry becoming increasingly automated, instrumentation technicians are needed virtually anywhere there are control and metering systems. They are employed in the following industries: petrochemical, oil and natural gas companies, industrial chemicals manufacturers, electricity power generating companies, primary steel producers, industrial instrument and other manufacturing companies, fertilizer production companies, and industrial instrument servicing.


The curriculum is being designed to reflect competencies throughout the program. Support units will include language studies, communications, mathematics, science and computer applications. Discipline-specific courses include hand tools, power tools, fasteners, electrical theory, instrument measurement, process systems and equipment, controls, digital automation, occupational health and safety, electronics and analyzers. Workplace learning semesters alternate with College shop and classroom semesters as part of the training program. These semesters provide students the opportunity to gain valuable related work experience.

Request for more information

We are excited you are interested in joining CNA-Q's Technician Preparatory Program! You can request for more information or contact below for general inquires:

Rebecca David

+974 4495 2311

Entrance requirements

The program entrance requirements for the Technician Certificate program are as follows: 

  • High school completion with an overall   average of 50% or higher
  • Male
  • Under 30 years of age
  • Obtain a CEFR level A2.2 or greater;
  • Obtain required score on CNA-Q Math Placement Test;
  • Clearances from the following bodies: 
    • Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA)
    • Ministry of Interior (MOI)
    • General Headquarters Qatar Air Force (GHQAF)
  • Medical fitness as determined by Qatar Petroleum’s Standard Medical Test;
  • Director of Administration (DA) approval.

Further Studies

Graduates of the Technician Certificate (Instrumentation) the program will have the opportunity to transfer selected credits to Engineering Technology diploma programs at CNA-Q. Graduates may be required to undertake further coursework in Language Studies and/or Academics in order to qualify for transfer. 

A current list of post-secondary institutions offering admission and transfer credit to CNA-Q graduates who meet the entrance requirements are available from the Admissions & Registration Department or the Career Counselling and Resource Centre.

Important Note:

This program is under review and a revised study plan will come into effect in January 2020. Please check the website for any changes or updates to this Academic Calendar for 2020.