Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers (NOC 9462)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Job titles

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Nature of work

Workers in this unit group prepare meat and poultry for further processing, for packaging or for marketing. They are employed in meat and poultry slaughtering, processing and packing establishments.

Fields of interest

  • Doing sports or physical activities
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Workers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Industrial butchers slaughter livestock using stunning devices and knives; skin, clean and trim carcasses; remove viscera and other inedible parts from carcasses; split carcasses into smaller portions to facilitate handling; and may slaughter cattle, calves and sheep as prescribed by religious laws.
  • - Industrial meat cutters cut beef, lamb, pork or veal carcasses or sides or quarters of carcasses into primal cuts for further cutting, processing or packaging; remove bones from meat; and cut meat and poultry into specific cuts for institutional, commercial or other wholesale use.
  • - Poultry preparers slaughter poultry and remove inedible parts; remove feathers and singe and wash poultry to prepare for further processing or packaging.
  • - Trimmers remove skin, excess fat, bruises or other blemishes from carcasses or meat portions.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • * For industrial meat cutters, completion of a program in industrial meat cutting or Experience as an industrial butcher or trimmer is required.
  • * On-the-job training is provided for industrial butchers, poultry preparers and trimmers.

Skill type

  • Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * Industrial meat cutters may progress to inspecting, testing and grading jobs.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Professional associations

  • Comité sectoriel de main-d'œuvre en transformation alimentaire
  • 8000, boul. Henri-Bourassa, bureau 270
  • Québec, QC
  • G1G4C7
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  • Phone: 418-623-5335
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