Quality Engineer, Caterpillar Inc., Columbia, SC, USA
William Kovacich has been employed by Caterpillar Inc. for 31 years as a metallurgist and quality engineer. His manufacturing background includes metal casting, welding, ferrous heat treatment, high-precision machining, and powder metallurgy processes.
Will holds a patent for powder metallurgy sinter brazing. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, an IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors)-certified QMS Principal Auditor, voting member of the U.S.
Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) for International Organization for Standardization technical committee 176, and a member of US TAG/176 Sub-committee 3 that is revising ISO/TR 10013 Guidelines for Quality Management System Documentation.
An avid adventurer, Will is a former sport parachutist, has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, reached the Magnetic South Pole, and attempted landings on the Antarctic Continent.
“ISO 9001 is used by millions of people and organisations around the world and the upcoming 2015 revision will have a big impact on those who work with the standard.
The impact of this revision will be similar to, if not greater than the 2000 edition, which was a major change for accreditation bodies, certification bodies, training organisations, implementing organisations, procurement organisations, consultants and customers.”
An excerpt from IRCA Resources on “ISO 9001: IRCA Supporting the 2015 Revision”, October 2013