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Meatcutter Apprenticeship

Tuition is Fully Covered!


What is included
in the Meatcutter
Apprenticeship Program?

Est. in 1946, our nationally recognized program teaches a diverse student population how to become experts in the meatcutting trade.


Our innovative and comprehensive program focuses on instructing students to exceed levels of industry competency through a rigorous and challenging curriculum. Students learn how to work more efficiently both independently and in teams. They explore their employers’ policies, procedures and expectations while learning how to maximize productivity, profitability, craftsmanship, and customer service.

If you have questions, email our Apprenticeship Director, Megan Williams at

2-year program with an official WA state certification which is honored in all 50 states.
At the time of graduation, apprentices will receive a Certificate of Completion, college credits from South Seattle College for course completion, and an engraved knife with the graduation year.

  • Cooking beef, pork, and lamb

  • USDA grading and inspection processes

  • History of American meat cutting industry

  • Breaking primal units from carcasses

  • Cutting veal, beef, pork and lamb

  • Poultry, beef, pork and lamb slaughter, raising, and merchandising

  • Knife care, purchasing, sharpening and usage

  • Basic computer and research skills

  • Food safety and proper handling

  • Seafood merchandising

  • Sanitation and clean-up

  • Meat identification, law & policies

  • Craftsmanship & salesmanship

  • Safety in the workplace.

  • Professional conduct & dressing for success 

  • Working relationships

  • First Aid & CPR certification.

  • Field trips to local processing plants

  • Calculating gross profit and primal yield

How to Enroll

In order to enroll you must be first hired as an Apprentice Meatcutter.

Newly hired Apprentices should contact the Meatcutter Apprenticeship Committee at (206) 436-6610 to confirm attendance at the next Committee meeting.

Committee meetings and in-person Apprenticeship enrollment are held 
at 5:30 p.m. at both locations.

Interested in Enrolling Online? Meet Virtually.

Locations of Committee Meetings & In-Person Sessions

King County | Third Wed. of every month

South Seattle College, ​Georgetown Campus

6737 Corson Ave. S Seattle, WA 98108

(Meat Cutting Lab Room)

Snohomish County | First Tues. of every month

Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center

9001 Airport Rd. Everett, WA 98024

(Culinary Class Area)

Wages & Benefits

  • Three-year progression to earn Journeyperson Meatcutter pay rate of $28.70 hourly

  • Health and welfare–medical plan

  • Pension plan–employer funded

  • Paid sick leave

  • Paid vacations

  • Five paid holidays after six months, six per year

  • Three paid personal days

  • Worked holiday premium pay–time and a half

  • Guaranteed full time work–up to 40 hours

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