Duro Workforce provides hands-on training in contemporary engineering skills.
What We Do: Duro facilitates hands-on engineering workshops at its New York City office and on-site at high schools, colleges and universities, in addition to providing professional recruitment services.
Why We Do What We Do: Today, the United States is experiencing a shortage of job-ready professionals in STEM fields. This is a result of too few high school students pursuing STEM-track majors in college and a lack of the hands-on experience desired by employers among these graduates.
How Duro Workforce Addresses These Challenges: Duro Workforce provides training to students, teachers and aspiring engineers to help bridge the gap between academia to the workforce and further develop those looking to advance in their careers.
What Makes Duro Workforce Different: Duro Workforce is an affiliate of the commercial robotics firm Duro UAS, which provides access to cutting edge technology and an understanding of the needs of today’s tech employers.
What are office hours like: Weekly office hours are available for participants remotely for assistance with homework or questions about the material.
Mohammed taught a superb class and would give a 5 star review based on his teaching methods and patience. Aside from the great class getting into the building was frustrating because the elevator needed a key. To bring or not to bring laptops, that is the question. The Arduino programs needed to be uploaded into their laptops which took some time. Averall it was a very good experience.
Yesterday I took the Intro Microcontrollers workshop with Mohammed Zen Akram, at the Duro Workforce sunny, spacious, modern facilities. I have a technical background but the other students had none. They were lawyers, artists, marketing professionals. Mohammed, masterfully brought all of us at the technical level required to build simple electronic circuits and control them with the computer software via Arduino Board! After the workshop, Mohammed and Gabriel Foreman, Duro Workforce president spent more than hour answering students' what if questions and guiding our future technical education! Wonderful class!
This class was exactly what I needed. This class is great for those who know nothing about IoT but want to get started. By the end of the class I had an LED set up and programmed to blink. Mohammed was an excellent teacher and very patient. Things went so well that I paid for 2 hours of private tutoring to get help with a project I was working on. I started on IoT on my own reading online tutorials. Save yourself a lot of frustration and take a class with someone who knows what they are doing. Understanding the fundamentals and being able to ask questions directly is sooo helpful. IoT and microcontrollers are so much more fun when things actually work.
I recently completed Beginner CAD: Developing Designs. I have a degree in Automation Engineering Technology, so basically I have the formal education to be qualified to repair and maintain robotic and automated systems, but I want to design and build robots. I chose to pursue this workshop in AutoDesk’s Fusion360 because of its universal robustness as a CAD, 3D Sculpting, Modeling, CAM, etc. software package. I signed up for Duro because of the in-class experience with a real classroom and a real instructor. Nothing beats the ability to just have an instructor in the room with you, period. The class is a great value- other classes of this nature can easily cost twice as much, and the benefit that being efficient with a software such as Fusion 360 brings to your resume, and the opportunity to meet other like minded people, will pay for this class over and over again. The office is also convenient to get to. Duro is in Mott Haven right outside of Manhattan, and even with the construction it’s a simple drive, with plenty of on street parking. Definitely WORTH IT.
Duro’s Developing Designs CAD course is by far one of the best workshops I have been to. As a high school senior, I want to expand my knowledge and to learn as much as possible. That is exactly what this class did. The instructor was engaging, there was a large focus on my needs, and after every class I felt that I was a master of what I learned. The instructor and assistants gave great worksheets and out-of-class projects so I could review what I learned throughout the class. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in learning CAD.
I took the beginner and intermediate Arduino courses and I am very satisfied with both. The curriculum satisfies the curiosity of those who want a solid learning on how Arduino works and explore all its possibilities. Additionally, on each class you will walk away with a fully developed hands-on project to see applications of the theory. Mohammed is a very professional and patient instructor, he will give you very good slides and you will even have office hours for questions. I recommend it fully.
Duro has been a great experience. The staff is diverse and very well equipped to educate and mentor, providing gems of knowledge geared towards helping us get ahead as well as expanding our professional network. They engaged and captivated us through relevant hands on experience and skill development. We learned in-depth how to create 3D models using Fusion 360, which exposed someone like myself with little background in engineering to the process of developing hardware from the start to finish. In addition to sharpening our pitching and presentation skills, we learned how to use keywords and tips to best utilize professional tools such as LinkedIn and present ourselves to the best of our ability as young professionals, as well as allowing us access to companies within their network to help us get our foot in the door. All in all I fully enjoyed and truly benefited from the experience and would love to see more programs done by them in the future.
This class helped to improve my tech skills and learn things I haven’t had a chance to experience before. Some people may be shy to enter programs like this because they either don't have any tech experience or feel like they have to know everything about tech to be in places like this. I think anyone who takes these workshops would be amazed how much they learn in just a short time. One thing I appreciate is that this program gives everyone a chance to experience the future of technology.
I’m a full-stack web developer and UX/UI designer, and I recently took Duro’s Beginner CAD workshop, Developing Designs. In this workshop I’ve been able to showcase new aspects of my creativity with AutoDesk’s Fusion360 software. Learning the program was fun because I was able to create ideas for physical objects and bring them into reality. It allows everyone to have a chance to come up with the next big thing that could change the world in unexpected ways. I would recommend this workshop to every creative and innovative person who may not have thought about computer aided design, so they can exercise their minds to create- even if it's just an MVP (minimum viable product). I want to thank Duro for exposing me to this path.
Duro has given me a new understanding of engineering. I’ve used this program to sharpen my knowledge of 3D modeling and 3D printing. I really appreciated the instructor providing a solid base to start from and learn more.