Steven Kirks

Design Engineer



1424 S. Charing Rd

Springfield, MO  65809



I’m seeking a technical engineer position appropriate for my 11+ years in the technology industry that takes advantage of my people-oriented personality and passion for being part of a winning team.


Qualifications and Skills:


Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)

Cisco Unity Design Specialist

Cisco Sales Expert

Avaya ACA-Design

Microsoft MCP

CompTIA Convergence+

CompTIA A+




  • 11+ years of experience with designing and building local and wide-area networks using a variety of physical media and protocols.
  • Direct experience with LANs, VLANs, QoS/CoS design principles, converged voice and data networks.
  • Direct experience with the design and monitoring of typical WAN facilities including frame relay, ATM and MPLS
  • Current with design principles for Cisco IP telephony, Avaya SMB and Enterprise telephony products
  • Current with inter-vendor trunking including H.323, QSIG and traditional TDM


Product Mix:

  • Cisco Unified Communication Manager, Business Edition, Communication Manager Express
  • Cisco 1800/2800/3800 series routers
  • Cisco 2900/3500/3700 series switches
  • Avaya Communication Manager, IP Office
  • HP ProCurve (all lines)
  • Wireless APs and controllers from Cisco, HP, Adtran


Work History:

9/2008 – Present

CenturyTel, Branson, MO

Sales Engineer

Duties: Design and manage the implementation of large and small technology projects including telephony systems, local-area networks, wide-area networks and basic network security. Assist sales staff with solution development. Manage projects post-sale including scheduling resources, ordering products and equipment and delivering training to staff and end-users as required.

Details: Key individual that helped CenturyTel finalize a partnership with Cisco to sell and implement telephony products. Primary designer of Avaya IP Office telephony equipment sales for south Missouri district. Chosen to evaluate new design software solution for sales engineers company wide. Developed and implemented sales engineer task tracking system using Salesforce web-based sales force automation software.

9/2006 – 8/2008

DaZZee Integrations, Springfield, MO

Design Engineer

Duties: Design and coordinate the installation of advanced IP telephony networks, firewalls, email and content filters and network-attached storage devices.

Details: Work directly with IT staff and client corporate management to design and implement IP telephony solutions including application infrastructure such as call centers, voicemail routing and unified messaging. Design and implement basic and advanced IP networks using routers, switches and intelligent layer-based routing. Construct primary design bill of materials, coordinate engineering review, write project scope of work and provide installation assistance as needed.  Attend customer meetings with account managers as needed. Conduct weekly training seminars on products for staff and DaZZee customers.

11/1999 – 9/2006

NuVox Communications, Springfield, MO

Sales Engineer/Senior Account Manager

Duties: Design and coordinate the installation of voice and data networks for small and medium size business customers. Maintain the sales-related customer relationships for over 400 Springfield-based customers. 

Details: Customer and staff primary point of contact for technical questions and training. Travel to customer locations to consult with management, executives and staff about NuVox products and solutions. Design and layout potential customer voice and data networks, integrating NuVox products with existing equipment and customer goals. Work with local technology vendors to smoothly transition customers from incumbent providers to the NuVox digital network. Extensive troubleshooting with large and small voice and data networks.


4/1998 – 11/1999

Cox Health Systems, Springfield, MO

Technical Analyst

Duties: Install and configure new equipment for customers in hospital departments, technical support, new software installations and basic training. Lead technician for the department Helpdesk.


12/1997 – 4/1998

OnThe.Net, LLC, Springfield, MO

Assistant Systems Engineer

Duties: Direct assistant to senior systems administrator. Served as the Technical Support supervisor of an 8-member team.


10/1996 – 12/1997

DialUS, Springfield, MO

Network Systems Technician

Duties: Performed routine telephone switch operations, new customer installations and maintenance of internal computer equipment. Lead technician for fraud operations. Lead technician for billing systems.


10/1988 – 12/1992

United States Navy, Norfolk, VA

Machinist’s Mate, 3rd Class (Nuclear) 

Duties: Operate and maintain the primary (nuclear) and secondary (steam plant) fluid systems as part of an operations team.



Member: City of Springfield Cable Advisory Commission, Traffic Advisory Board, 5 year volunteer at Ozarks Public Television Member: Association of Information Technology Professionals. Graduate of Leadership Springfield Class XVIII

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