9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers | Canada NOC |

9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers prepare meat and poultry for further processing or for packaging for wholesale distribution. They are employed in meat and poultry slaughtering, processing and packing establishments.


Index of titles

Example titles

Air knife meat cutter – meat packing plant

Animal eviscerator – meat packing plant

Animal skinner – meat packing plant

Animal sticker – meat packing plant

Animal stunner

Beef boner

Beef boner – meat packing plant

Beef cooler worker – meat packing plant

Beef sticker – meat packing plant

Beef trimmer – meat packing plant

Beef-pluck trimmer

Benchman/woman – meat packing plant

Brisket cutter – meat packing plant

Calf skinner – meat packing plant

Carcass splitter – meat packing plant

Chicken plucker

Chuck cap puller – meat packing plant

Cutter – meat packing plant

Dehairing machine dropper – meat packing plant

Enzyme injector – food and beverage processing

Ham cutter

Ham sawyer – meat packing plant

Head boner – meat packing plant

Hog killer

Industrial butcher

Industrial meat chopper

Industrial meat cutter

Livestock killer

Meat boner

Meat chopper – meat packing plant

Meat cutter – meat packing plant

Meat dresser – meat packing plant

Meat portion cutter – meat packing plant

Meat roll tier – food and beverage processing

Meat sawyer – meat packing plant

Meat tenderizer – food and beverage processing

Meat trimmer

Meat trimmer – meat packing plant

Poultry boner

Poultry butcher – meat packing plant

Poultry dresser

Poultry eviscerator

Poultry hanger

Poultry plucker

Poultry plucker tender

Poultry preparer

Poultry slaughterer – food and beverage processing

Poultry worker – meat packing plant

Ritual slaughterer – meat packing plant

Shackle hoist operator – meat packing plant

Sheep sticker

Shohet – meat packing plant


Slaughterer – meat packing plant

Slaughterhouse butcher

Trimmer – meat packing plant

Main duties

This group performs 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

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

Cut meat and poultry into specific cuts for institutional, commercial or other wholesale use

Remove skin, excess fat, bruises or other blemishes from carcasses or meat portions.

Poultry preparers

Slaughter poultry and remove inedible parts

Remove feathers and singe and wash poultry to prepare for further processing or packaging.

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 is required.

On-the-job training is provided for industrial butchers, meat cutters and poultry preparers.

Additional information

Industrial meat cutters may progress to inspecting, testing and grading jobs.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


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