School of Electronics (SOE)
Nestled in the serene corner of the city of Karachi, PAF Base Korangi Creek where School of Electronics (SOE) is located, gives the impression of peace inspite of the bustling atmosphere of the epicenter of trade and commerce. SOE has formed and strengthened the backbone of maintenance of the PAF in electronics related disciplines for more than 50 years.
SOE, earlier known as Signals and Radar School was established at RPAF station Malir, Karachi in 1949. It was renamed to the current name in 1954 and was shifted to its present location in 1963.
SOE offers training courses in the following three categories :-
Basic Training Courses:
These courses are offered in four electronics and four allied trades. These training courses prepare future technicians to handle sophisticated electronic equipment, aircraft, radars and communication. After successful completion of training, trainees are awarded with Diploma of Associate Engineer in their respective trades.
Specialty Short Courses:
These courses are offered to experienced technicians and officers who after completion of course are awarded certificates.
Career Progression Courses:
These courses are designed for grooming junior commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers as future aircraft maintenance supervisors. Certificates are awarded on completion of the courses.
Salient features of these course are as follows :-
Matriculation or equivalent with good understanding of Physics, Mathematics and English is considered essential for the abovementioned courses. Special English Language Classes can also be arranged for the foreign trainees.
Training at SOE:
Training at SOE is a blend of academic subjects, specialty trade subjects and General Services Training. Academic subject which contribute 8% of total training include English, Mathematics and Science. Trade subject constituting 81% of total training include specialist trade theory, precision measuring equipment, digital techniques, computer fundamentals, basic and applied electronics, hands on training on phased out equipment, PABX, subjects like flight and ground safety, QC/QA, supply and logistics, PCB fabrication, maint and organization, management etc.
General Service Training continues throughout training and helps in inculcating military traits like discipline, character building and devotion to duty. Public speaking is encouraged through ADLAS. (After Dinner Literary Activities).
Examination system at SOE is designed to evaluate the conceptual understanding of the trainees. They are examined through surprise quizzes, mid semester and end semester examinations. To ensure highest standards, second and final semester examinations are conducted by an independent PAF organization known as Central Trade Test Board (CTTB).
Method of instructions include class room lectures followed by extensive practical training in laboratories. SOE campus has extensive training facilities including classrooms, laboratories, workshops, model rooms, library, conference rooms and computer aids. Modern audio visual aids like multimedia presentations, video projections and practical demonstrations are part of training at SOE.
SOE maintains a large faculty of full time instructors, many of whom have obtained their graduate and post graduate degrees from eminent institutions of Pakistan and abroad. All of instructional staff has sufficient field experience in their own specialties.
Health of its trainees is of great concern at SOE. In order to inculcate discipline, sportsmanship, spirit of competition and self-control, variety of sports are conducted regularly. Apart from daily sports, which involve each trainee, selected teams represent SOE in a number of school, Base, Air Force and National level competitions. Lush green fields, custom built arenas, natural sea front and exquisite equipment together form a sports paradise to nurture the sportsman spirit of our trainees.
Sports like hockey, cricket, basketball, volleyball, football, squash, tennis, bodybuilding, tug-of-war, badminton, boxing, kabaddi, swimming, table tennis, cross-country and athletics are the available options. The establishment excels exclusively in sea sports by virtue of cleanest shores and modern sea sport equipment. Trainees enjoy the sea sports facilities of PAF Yacht Club, which is also located at PAF Base Korangi Creek. This club hosts diversified water sports activities with speciality in wind surfing and sailing.
Proper medical cover is provided to the trainees. Medical inspection Room is available at the Base. However when required trainees are referred to upgraded hospitals.
To ensure indulging in healting activities, all trainees are encouraged to join hobbies clubs which include electronics, Television and Video, aeros-modelling clubs etc.
Accommodation and Messing:
SOE provides boarding, lodging and messing facilities to all its trainees in a comfortable environment. The camp has eight buildings to accommodate over one thousand trainees at a time. Hygienic food and potable water is available in the calm ambience of its dining halls and domestic camp. Foreign trainees are provided separate accommodation and menus prepared to their tastes and cultures.
SOE is located at about forty minutes drive from Quaid-i-Azam International Airport Karachi. The busy railroad station of Karachi Cantt is accessable through ample public transport and is within fifteen minutes reach. The city centre with abundance of shopping malls is also at fifteen minutes drive, approachable by both; public transport and a special transport, arranged for the trainees on weekends.
Selection Procedure for Foreign Trainees:
Friendly countries can contact Air Headquarters Training Branch, Pakistan Air Force for queries about induction of their trainees.