Quality Engineer, Caterpillar, Inc., Columbia, SC, USA
Bill Kovacich has been employed by Caterpillar Inc. for 32 years as a metallurgist and quality engineer. His manufacturing background includes metal casting, welding, ferrous heat treatment, high-precision machining, powder metallurgy processing, and quality management system development. Bill 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 TC 176, and convener of TC 176 Sub-Committee 3 Working Group 19 that is revising ISO/TR 10013 Guidelines for Quality Management System Documentation. An avid adventurer, Bill is a former sport parachutist and rugby player, has climbed two of the world’s Seven Summits, and has reached the Magnetic South Pole.