Cynthia Y. O'Neal - Senior Instructional Designer and Trainer

Houston, Texas, 77079, United States
October 31, 2008   all resumes
Contact Info:

***** ******** *****, #***, *******, TX 77079 - 281-***-**** cell - *******@*****.*** email

Eleven years experience providing instructional design, technical writing, and project management for various oil and gas and energy firms including: Commerce Energy, British Petroleum (BP), Direct Energy, Exxon/Mobile, and International Technology Corporation (IT).


MS Word (Advanced)
MS PowerPoint (Advanced)
MS Excel (Intermediate)
MS Visio (Advanced)
MS Project (Intermediate)
SharePoint (Intermediate)
Adobe Captivate (Advanced)
Adobe Illustrator (Intermediate)
Adobe Acrobat Professional (Advanced)
Framemaker (Intermediate)
FLASH (Intermediate)
HTML (Advanced)
Bachelor of Business Administration, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX


Training Manager / Mass Markets – Commerce Energy -- 01/2007 – Present

Senior Instructional Designer in the development of a company wide CBT certification for one of the service division’s of the company. Lead ID in the development of various CBT sales training initiatives. Key contributions include:

Utilizing the ADDIE (Analysis / Design/ Development / Implement / Evaluate) Design Model; successfully led the development of a CBT certification for the companies Quality Control Division. Project included:

• Determining the divisions business goals for the project, and incorporating them into the development stage of the initiative

• Completing a needs assessment that identified training gaps within the division

• The identified gaps where then included as part of the CBT development

• Developing the storyboards for the CBTs, and working with the FLASH developers in creating the CBTs

• Implementation of the CBT tools, which was then followed by an analysis of the CBTs effectiveness

• CBTs were managed through SharePoint software

• Post-Launch discussions centered on ways to improve the CBT moving forward, as part of continuous improvement efforts

Lead ID in the development of Instruction Led Training (ILT’s) that were created for outside contractors and vendors to complete training required for certification purposes

Lead ID in the development of written training manuals and facilitation of class room training sessions for partners focusing on the energy supply market within the State of Texas, Ohio, Maryland, and California

Ongoing work with quality control division to create gap analysis assessments based on performance of each broker / vendor, and making recommendations relating to ongoing and refresher training sessions that are designed to address the identified gaps

Senior Instructional Designer – British Petroleum (contractor)-- 01/2006 – 01/2007

Utilizing the ADDIE (Analysis / Design/ Development / Implement / Evaluate) Design Model; successfully led the development of a CBT for British Petroleum’s International Finance Division. Key contributions included:

• Meeting with Subject Matter Experts to identify and incorporate business goals within the design phase

• Development of the CBT design through input from SME’s and financial analyst within the division

• Collaboration between myself and several technical writers in the development of the module

• Software tools used included Adobe Captivate, Adobe Acrobat Professional, and SharePoint

Senior ID in the design and launch phase of various internal systems applications: Settlement Controls, Scheduling
Reference Data, Service Agreements, GL Reference Data, Volume Position Manager, and GL Reference Data

Completed quality control testing and supporting documentation for the following internal systems applications: Volume Position Manager, Scheduling Reference Data, and Service Agreements

Training and Quality Assurance Manager - Direct Energy -- 09/2002 – 12/2005

Lead ID in the development and launch of an ILT training program for the Home Services Division, a new division of Direct Energy

Completed needs assessments with field agents to identify their training needs which were then incorporated in the training plan

Lead ID in the development of a CBT training program for the Quality Control Division

As a result of this implementation customer complaints decreased by 20%

Lead ID in the development of a number of CBTs and ILT’s for various third party partners located throughout Texas, Ohio, and Maryland

Instructional Designer - Exxon/Mobile (Contractor)-- 03/2002 – 08/2002

Served as primary liaison between management staff and engineers in the creation and implementation of an instructional design (ID) plan for both quality procedural manuals and work instructions for cylinder fill facilities instrumentation

Reviewed safety manuals and developed an Instructional Design (ID) Plan for ILT’s in regards to the above referenced project

Served as technical writer in the development of quality procedural manuals and work instructions for cylinder fill facilities instrumentation

Instructional Designer - BP Amoco (Contractor) 10/1998 – 02/2002

Managed the instructional design and development of written instructions for web enablement tools

Project led to the creation of several Web Enablement Training Modules that were spearheaded under my leadership

Proposal Writer - IT Corporation -- 08/1996 – 08/1998

Provided project management and technical writing support in the preparation of a winning multi-million dollar bid for an Army Corps of Engineers project

Provided technical writing, graphics layout and design of various Statement of Qualifications presented to various firms including: Exxon, Conoco, and Air Liquide

Employee of the Month, staff of 60 – May 1998