Meat/Seafood Process Worker Kaimahi Mīti/Mātaitai

Meat/seafood process workers process, grade and package meat, fish or shellfish for local and overseas markets. Some also slaughter animals.

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Meat/seafood process workers may do some or all of the following:

  • stun and kill animals
  • prepare animals for processing by removing skin or excess flesh
  • cut or fillet meat, fish or shellfish to size requirements
  • remove bones from animals
  • grade, pack and weigh meat, fish or shellfish
  • maintain processing machinery and other equipment such as knives
  • clean the processing area and packing line with hot water or sanitising chemicals
  • carry out hygiene and quality control checks.

Physical Requirements

Meat/seafood process workers need to have:

  • a good level of fitness
  • the ability to stand for long periods
  • the ability to lift heavy boxes or trays
  • good hand-eye co-ordination
  • a good standard of personal hygiene.

Seafood process workers working at sea must not suffer from seasickness.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for meat/seafood process workers includes:

  • any factory work
  • farming, fishing or aquaculture work
  • butchery work
  • work handling or preparing food.

Personal Qualities

Meat/seafood process workers need to be:

  • good at managing their time 
  • careful, quick and efficient
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work well as part of a team
  • willing to learn new skills 
  • comfortable spending long periods at sea.

Those working in supervisory roles also need to be:

  • good at record keeping
  • good at time management
  • able to manage people
  • able to communicate well. 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for meat/seafood process workers includes:

  • any factory work
  • farming, fishing or aquaculture work
  • butchery work
  • work handling or preparing food.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a meat/seafood process worker. However, biology, English and maths may be useful.

Meat/Seafood Process Workers can earn around $39K-$86K per year per year.

Meat/seafood process workers may move into factory supervisor positions or production manager roles.

Those working in seafood processing at sea may also move into deckhand or other crew positions.

Meat/seafood process workers may specialise in different stages of processing, such as slaughtering and grading animals, or grading certain species of fish or shellfish.

Meat/Seafood Process Worker

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