A mechanical technician installs, maintains, and repairs industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. Working in Qatar’s Energy and Industry (E & I) sector, a mechanical technician reads and interprets technical drawings, installs, aligns, and dismantles mechanical equipment, and operates various devices and machine tools, such as lathes, welding equipment, and milling machines. Mechanical technicians generally work in the maintenance departments of factories, plants, refineries, and other industrial establishments.

The Technician Certificate (Mechanical) program prepares graduates for entry into a career as technicians in the mechanical 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 Precision Measuring Tools, Technical Drawings, Engineering Materials, Threading Techniques, and a series of courses in Valve, Heat Exchanger, Filter and Strainer, Coupling, Seal, Bearing, Pump, Compressor and Internal Combustion (IC) Engine Maintenance. This program is designed to be delivered using a block training schedule of 12-week semesters. 

Note: Students in the Technician Certificate (Mechanical) program will receive extensive preparatory Foundation Mathematics and English training upon entry to the program subject to their results on applicable Math and English Placement Tests.


Through this program of study, graduates acquire the technical knowledge and hands-on skills required to:

  1. Assemble, replace, repair, and maintain machinery and mechanical equipment using hand and power tools and welding equipment.
  2. Conduct preventative maintenance procedures on valves, heat exchangers, filters and strainers, couplings, seals, bearings, pumps, compressors and IC engines.
  3. Identify, troubleshoot and resolve technical mechanical problems.
  4. Read and interpret technical 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

The competencies acquired in this program will prepare the graduate for careers in a wide variety of occupational settings, such as oil refineries, petrochemical and chemical companies, electrical power companies, oil and natural gas companies, industrial processing plants, primary steel producers, and machinery and equipment manufacturers.

Further Studies

Graduates of the Technician Certificate (Mechanical) 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 is available from the Admissions & Registration Department or the Career Counselling and Resource Centre.

Important Notes

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.

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:

+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 SocialAffairs (ADLSA)
    • Ministry of Interior (MOI)
    • General Headquarters Qatar Air Force (GHQAF) 
  •  Medical fitness as determined by Qatar 
  • Director of Administration (DA) approval