Profession cigar inspector

Cigar inspectors test, sort, sample and weigh cigars in order to find defects and deviations away from the product's specifications.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Manufacturing of smokeless tobacco products

    The processes, materials, and techniques to manufacture different types of smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, tobacco gum and snus.

  • Quality prototype of a tobacco leaf

    Characteristics and properties of a tobacco leaf to grade and consider it of high, medium, or low quality product taking into account colour variations, tears, tar spots, tight grain, and size of the leaf.

  • Variety of tobacco leaves

    Types of tobacco cultivars and varieties and their characteristics. Connection of attributes with cigar or cigarettes product requirements.

  • Manufacturing of by-products from tobacco

    The processes, materials, and techniques to manufacture by products using tobacco leaves as a base such as tobacco paste for the skin and insecticides.

  • Curing methods for tobacco leaves

    Methods for curing tobacco leaves, for example air curing in unheated enclosed areas, flue curing in a barn heated by pipes and sun curing, where the leaves are left to dry in the sun.

  • History of tobacco

    History of the cultivation of tobacco for chewing or smoking. Changing tastes and fashions, variations in cultural status and different stages of political and trading importance.

  • Manufacturing of smoked tobacco products

    The processes, materials, and techniques to manufacture different types of smoked tobacco products such as cigars, fine cut tobacco, pipe tobacco, and cigarettes.

Skills

  • Control levels of nicotine per cigar

    Control the levels of nicotine present in the leaves of tobacco to maintain required levels of nicotine in each cigar and comply with relevant regulations, if any.

  • Apply requirements concerning manufacturing of food and beverages

    Apply and follow national, international, and internal requirements quoted in standards, regulations and other specifications related with manufacturing of food and beverages.

  • Weigh leaf quantity per cigar

    Weigh and determine the quantity of leaves to be rolled in cigars according to specifications.

  • Grade tobacco leaves

    Grade tobacco leaves to reflect their quality and suitability for different tobacco products.

  • Assess the colour curing of tobacco leaves

    Assess colour curing of tobacco leaves to determine the stage of curing and aging of the leaf.

  • Apply GMP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

  • Assure quality of tobacco leaves

    Assure quality of tobacco leaves by examining leaves for colour variations, tears, tar spots, tight grain, and size under specifications. Place leaves not suitable for wrapper in separate pile. Fold wrapper leaves into bundles for stripping.

  • Smoke cigars

    Technique to smoke a cigar in order to test suitability in all aspects. This consists of: grabbing the cigar, lightening it, moisturising its end before lighting it up and labeling it.

  • Manage delivery of raw materials

    Manage reception of raw materials. Receive raw materials from the suppliers. Check for quality and accuracy and move into the warehouse. Make sure that raw materials are adequately stored until they are required by the production department.

  • Maintain updated professional knowledge

    Regularly attend educational workshops, read professional publications, actively participate in professional societies.

  • Apply HACCP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

  • Perform sensory evaluation

    Evaluating the quality of a given type of food or beverage based on its appearance, smell, taste, aroma, and others. Suggest possible improvements and comparisons with other products.

  • Check quality of products on the production line

    Check products for quality on the production line and remove defective items before and after packaging.

  • Mark differences in colours

    The ability to mark or detect differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

Optional knowledge and skills

show confidence apply foreign language for international trade perform services in a flexible manner have computer literacy liaise with managers label samples act reliably tobacco products liaise with colleagues