Meatcutter

WHAT YOU DO

As people become more interested in the food they’re eating and where it comes from, specialized food professions like meatcutting are making a comeback.

As a Meatcutter, you are on your feet working behind the scenes in a refrigerated room preparing cuts of meat for display, or behind a retail counter sharing your expert knowledge and filling orders. Not only can you cook a killer steak and rattle off the differences between a rib-eye, tenderloin and T bone, but you know how to create each cut perfectly.

Program details


WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to cut, trim and prepare standard cuts of meat
  • How to grind meats and slice cooked meats
  • How to cure, smoke, tenderize and preserve meat
  • How to order and manage inventory
  • How to inspect, handle, prepare and store meat safely

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Meatcutters work in wholesale plants or retail locations like supermarkets, grocery stores and butcher shops. Others open their own shops.

Types of Workplaces

  • Butchers
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery Stores
  • Animal Processing Facilities

 


WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

It’s one of the oldest and probably least known trades, but Meatcutters are highly skilled and valued tradespeople. You will be paired with an experienced Meatcutter who can help you learn how to safely handle the tools of the trade and break down carcasses and cut meat to specification.

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Artisans are

ATTENTIVE, CREATIVE, EXPRESSIVE, INVENTIVE, PRECISE

Critical Skills

  • Safety and sanitation standards
  • Ordering, inventory and cost controls
  • Meat science and nutrition
  • Inspection and grading
  • Handling and storage
  • Cutting procedures for Beef, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Poultry, Fish and Game

Earn

$33K - $44K annually
$10.25 - $25.00 hourly

Work

  • 20-40
  • hours per week
    weekdays and weekends

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

An Artisan's Story

Shanna Shirey, 20

Baker

Terrace, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.