A process operator monitors, adjusts, operates, and maintains processing units and equipment in industrial plants. Working in Qatar’s Energy and Industry (E & I) sector, a process operator diagnoses and solves problems related to systems operations in petroleum, natural gas processing, petrochemical, industrial, agricultural, specialty chemical, and pharmaceutical companies.

The Technician Certificate (Process Operations) program prepares graduates for entry into a career as technicians in the process operations 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 a series of courses in Steam, Air and Electricity Supply, Pipework, Valve, and Distillation Systems, as well as Pump Operation, Prime Movers, Compressors, Turbo Expanders, and Reactors.

This program is designed to be delivered using a block training schedule within 12-week semesters. 

Note: Students in the Technician Certificate (Process Operations) 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 


  1. Read and interpret process diagrams.
  2. Read instruments to gauge pressure,   flow, level, concentration, and density.
  3. Operate process control systems.
  4. Adjust equipment, valves, pumps, and controls.
  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 industries where manufacturing and processing are key elements in their operations. Companies involved with petroleum, petrochemical, gas-producing, and industrial and agricultural manufacturing processes have an ever-increasing need for skilled process operators.

Further Studies

Graduates of the Technician Certificate (Process Operations) 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.

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 SocialAffairs (ADLSA)
    • Ministry of Interior (MOI)
    • General Headquarters Qatar Air Force (GHQAF) 
  • Medical fitness determined by Qatar Petroleum’s Standard Medical Test
  • Director of Administration (DA) approval