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



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.

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

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

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.

Employment Requirements

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

All Titles

  • 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 plantbenchman – meat packing plant, benchwoman – meat packing plant
  • boner, meat
  • brisket cutter – meat packing plant
  • butcher, industrial
  • butcher, slaughterhouse
  • calf skinner – meat packing plant
  • carcass splitter – meat packing plant
  • chicken plucker
  • cutter – meat packing plant
  • dehairing machine dropper – meat packing plant
  • dropper, dehairing machine – meat packing plant
  • enzyme injector – food and beverage processing
  • eviscerator, animals – meat packing plant
  • eviscerator, poultry
  • 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
  • skinner, animals – meat packing plant
  • slaughterer
  • slaughterer – meat packing plant
  • slaughterer, ritual – meat packing plant
  • slaughterhouse butcher
  • sticker, animals – meat packing plant
  • trimmer – meat packing plant
  • trimmer, meat – meat packing plant


  • Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale (6331)
  • Meat graders (See 9465 Testers and graders, food, beverage and associated products processing)
  • Meat inspectors (See 2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors)
  • Supervisors, meat packing (See 9213 Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing)


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