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.
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“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