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You want to be a professional meat cutter.
You want to work with beef, bison, pork, lamb, seafood and poultry and learn how to produce cured, smoked and processed meat and sausage. You also want to learn about merchandising and purchasing meat products.
This 15-week program has an emphasis on sanitation, safety and quality control. You will have the opportunity to train in the NAIT Retail Meat Store, and you will benefit from a 3-week (90 hours) work experience placement for on-the-job training following the 15 weeks of classroom instruction.
25 hours per week hands-on shop training, 5-6 hours studying and class assignments
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The meat industry in Canada presents numerous challenging employment opportunities. The varied nature of this industry demands that personnel have a basic understanding of most meat-cutting concepts, including merchandising, cutting yields, purchasing, sausage-making and value-added meats.
The curriculum is designed so that you will develop a thorough appreciation for shop sanitation and personal hygiene standards. You will learn the practical aspects of proper care and safety procedures of tools and equipment. Instruction emphasizes a high standard of occupational competency and workmanship. The program's content includes concepts of total quality management that specifically includes quality awareness, customer focus, employee involvement and team work.
Emphasis is placed on practical cutting methods, selection of meats, preparation of specialty meats, storing and handling meats and general operation and maintenance of shop equipment.
Graduates of the Professional Meat Cutting and Merchandising program will learn to:
Graduates can find employment in the expanding number of supermarket food chains, in independent meat markets and in specialty sausage and delicatessen stores. Opportunities exist in both urban and rural centres throughout the province.
With experience, graduates can move into positions of increased responsibility, including management or owning their own business.
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Some NAIT programs are unavailable to international students because they do not meet eligibility for a study permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
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The Meat Cutting and Merchandising is an intensive 15 week program followed by 90 hours of practicum that will give you the skills to prepare and market a wide variety of meat, poultry and fish
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