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  NOC 9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers

To apply under NOC-9462 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers 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
  • 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.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers

NOC 9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers: 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
  • slaughterer – meat packing plant
  • slaughterhouse butcher
  • trimmer – meat packing plant

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.


  • Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale (6331)
  • Meat graders (in 9465 Testers and graders, food and beverage processing)
  • Meat inspectors (in 2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors)
  • Supervisors, meat packing (in 9213 Supervisors, food and beverage processing)
  • Labourers in food and beverage processing (9617)

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