Sandy Pyke

Sandy Pyke, Vice President Operations (Montréal, Québec)

Sandy Pyke

  • board-level, component, and systems-level design of rugged electronics for mobile applications
  • review, specification, and selection of existing COTS products to fit customers’ specific needs
  • use and application of formalized product development and project management methodologies

Sandy is an Electronics Technologist and 6 Sigma Black Belt with over 24 years of practical experience designing and deploying rugged electronics systems for the mining industry while employed at AQUILA Mining Systems, Caterpillar Inc. and Peck Tech Consulting Ltd.

He has been involved in, and has executed, all levels of hardware design and manufacturing from board level all the way up to complete system level design. He has conducted safety, environmental, and electromagnetic compatibility testing for these components and systems as well.

Sandy’s 6 Sigma Black Belt training in product/process improvement and creation gives him the tools to manage large teams, mitigate project risks, and drive consensus in more complex projects. These skills and experiences provide him with in-depth knowledge of technology products and their application to rugged environments such as those found in the mining industry.

He was the hardware architect for three generations of production monitoring and HPGPS navigation systems installed on mining drills, shovels and draglines while working for AQUILA and Caterpillar. He was also heavily involved in the specification and implementation of a CAN based control system for the operation of a rotary blasthole drill for a major OEM.

Sandy was the lead on a project to deliver a machine autonomy-ready production monitoring and HPGPS guidance system for drills which included remote control of the machine. He has also been the project lead on augmented GPS research and its application and commercialization within the mining industry.

Beyond his professional career, Sandy has spent over 10 years in the volunteer search and rescue community and is currently volunteering with the Quebec Federation of 4X4 Clubs.

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