Cooler Room Worker

Store and prepare dressed meats.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cooler Room Workers do?

Stores and prepares dressed meat for further processing or shipment, performing any combination of tasks in cooler room of slaughtering plant: Examines carcasses to determine condition of meat, such as hardness, softness, and oiliness prior to cutting. Records information on inspection tag. Weighs carcass on conveyor scale and records weight on production sheet. Trims excess fat from meat, using knife. Cuts carcasses into quarters, using knife and meat saw. Stamps predetermined grade on meat, using rubber stamp, and attaches date tags. Brands carcasses and meat products with electric iron. Pushes carcasses, or meat cuts, suspended from conveyor, from killing and dressing floor to cooler room or between departments. Separates cuts of meat according to weight, and grade. Pushes truck, filled with pieces of meat, glands, and organs, into cooling room and places them in pans or hangs them on racks. Transports containers of tallow to cooler room and other departments, using handtruck. Carries meat from shipping platform and loads it into delivery truck. Places trolleys on conveyor rails, and cleans and greases rails. Washes floor and containers with hose and shovels fresh sawdust onto floor. May shroud carcasses [SHROUDER].


Should I be a Cooler Room Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Linen-Supply-Room Worker

    How to become a Cooler Room Worker

    Most Cooler Room Workers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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