Meat Press Operator

Tend machines that press such meats as bacon slabs, beef cuts, and hams.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Meat Press Operators do?

Tends machine that presses such meats as bacon slabs, beef cuts, hams, and hog butts, into shape to facilitate slicing or packing: Positions meat on table of pressing machine and depresses pedal or pulls lever to lower ram onto meat that compresses meat into shape. Removes meat from machine and places in container, or on conveyor for transfer to slicing machine. May tend slicing machine [SLICING-MACHINE OPERATOR]. May be designated according to cut of meat pressed as Butt Presser; Ham Molder.


Should I be a Meat Press Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Mechanical-Press Operator, Press Operator, Meat

    How to become a Meat Press Operator

    Most Meat Press Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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