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C. Meat Processing

C. Meat Processing

Why Meat Processing?

This one-year (29 credit) certificate program is designed to increase the skilled labor force for the meat processing businesses in Montana. The program design is unique as it allows students to network with meat processors in the state and provides hands-on learning critical for career and technical programs. The flexibility of the class offerings allows a student to create a program to meet their needs and lifestyle. This is an internship-based certificate. There are 4 internship levels that begin with basic training and safety requirements and culminate in advanced meat processing and cutting skills. The internships will take place in Montana Meat Processing plants; students will spend seven weeks at 3 to 4 different plants in an area learning from the professionals who understand the profession. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they expect to transfer and select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisor.

Upon completion of this program students will will proficient in:

  • Cutting
  • Grinding, mixing, stuffing, linking sausage/curing of hams and bacons
  • Packaging and sanitation
  • Proper killing of an animal
  • Yield and quality grading
  • Personal safety/Plant safety
  • Meat cuts identification
  • Demonstrate Contextually Germane Communication Skills (Oral and Written)
  • Use mathematics in problem solving and communicate quantitative information effectively

You May Also be Interested In:

A.A.S. Ag ProductionA.S. AgribusinessA.S. Livestock Management



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Total Credits for Program Completion: 29

  First Year - Fall Semester     12 Credits Credits
Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace2
Internship Level 13
Meat Processing I2
Food Safety and Handling in Meat Processing2
Internship Level 23
  First Year - Spring Semester     17 Credits Credits
Discover Biology & Lab4
Internship Level 33
Meat Processing II2
Business Mathematics3
OR
Mathematics Core Elective(3)
Elementary Technical Writing2
OR
Written Communication Elective(3)
Internship Level 43

Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.