Profession cigarette making machine operator

Cigarette making machine operators tend cigarette-making machines to encase tobacco in continuous paper rolls followed by cutting cigarettes from roll. They place roll of cigarette paper on spindles and set monogram-printing devices to print brand name on cigarette paper at specified position.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tobacco manufacturing regulations

    Laws, regulations and administrative provisions concerning the manufacture and presentation of tobacco and related products.

  • Fermentation process of tobacco leaves

    Process by which ammonia is released from the leaf. It can be done by raising the temperature and humidity, by heaping the tobacco into large piles or by using of a kiln. Under the raised temperature and humidity, enzymes in the leaf cause fermentation.

  • 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.

  • Variety of tobacco leaves

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


  • Carry out checks of production plant equipment

    Carry out checks of the machinery and equipment used in the production plant. Ensure that the machinery is working properly, set machines before usage, and assure continuous operability of the equipment.

  • Follow hygienic procedures during food processing

    Ensure a clean working space according to hygienic standards in the food processing industry.

  • Perform different tobacco leaves curing methods

    Perform different tobacco leaves curing methods such as air-curing tobacco, fire-cured tobacco, flue-cured tobacco, and sun-cured tobacco.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Regulates flow of shredded tobacco

    Regulate flow of tobacco to make sure that each cigarette contains the specified amount of shredded tobacco.

  • Mark differences in colours

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

  • Check quality of products on the production line

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

  • Apply GMP

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

  • Separate tobacco shreds by size

    Weigh tobacco for a specified number of cigarettes. Place it in an agitator equipped with a series of screens to sort shreds based on size.

  • Exert quality control to processing food

    Ensure the quality of all factors involved in a food production process.

  • Cure tobacco leaves

    Cure tobacco leaves directly after harvesting. This removes the moisture from them and plays a fundamental role in giving tobacco its flavour and aroma. It also turns the colour of the leaves from green to yellow or brown, as the chlorophyll in them breaks down and the natural starches found in the tobacco plant turn to sugars.

  • Perform cleaning duties

    Perform cleaning duties such as waste removal, vacuuming, emptying bins, and general cleaning of the working area. Cleaning activities should follow health and safety regulations if required.

  • Operate tobacco drying technology

    Operate tobacco drying technology that dries the tobacco at higher temperatures and therefore more quickly than conventional dryers. Shorter drying times reduce tobacco degradation and energy consumption.

  • Cut tobacco leaves

    Cut leaves into fine strands using the adequate equipment before drying. Ensure that cutting sizes are according to requirements.

  • Clean waste materials from machines

    Clean waste materials from machine using the adequate equipment or appliances as to ensure smooth operations, avoid accidents, and maintain clean working place.

  • Use wrenches

    Use spanners to adjust machinery and equipment.

  • 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.

  • Perform flue-cured methods for tobacco

    String tobacco leaves into tobacco sticks, and hang them from tier-poles in curing barn's "kilns". Slowly raise the temperature over the course of the curing process. The procedure will generally take about a week. Flue-cured tobacco generally produces with a high content of sugar and medium to high levels of nicotine.

  • Operate monogram-printing device

    Set up and operate monogram-printing device to print brand on cigarette paper at specified position.

  • Perform air-cured methods for tobacco

    Perform air-cured tobacco by hanging the tobacco in a well-ventilated barn and allow it to dry over a period of four to eight weeks. Air-cured tobacco is generally low in sugar content, which gives the tobacco smoke a smooth, semi-sweet flavour. Air-cured tobacco leaves usually have a high nicotine content.

  • Perform pre-blending of tobacco leaves

    Pre-blend tobacco leaves to ensure a balanced mix of different types of tobacco in one hand.

  • Apply tobacco manufacturing requirements

    Apply all laws, regulations and administrative provisions concerning the manufacture and presentation of tobacco and related products. Understand the regulation referring to manufacturing of tobacco.

  • Flavour tobacco leaves

    Flavour tobacco leaves to complement and balance the taste of tobacco and to protect the quality of the product.

  • Perform kiln fermentation of tobacco leaves

    Place tobacco leaves in the kiln with the lid shut. Control heat and humidity. Kiln fermenting lasts about 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Perform stacking fermentation of tobacco leaves

    Wrap large stacks of tobacco in burlap and allow them to "sweat". The internal temperature is closely monitored. When it reaches 60 degrees Celsius, the stack is broken down to release tar, ammonia, and nicotine. Repeat the process until the stack no longer reaches 45 degrees Celsius. Strip the stems and stack them in a cooler place to age.

  • Assess fermentation levels of tobacco leaves

    Assess fermentation stage of tobacco leaves. Use thermometers, humidifiers, water, and your sense to test the level of fermentation.

  • Monitor machine operations

    Observing machine operations and evaluating product quality thereby ensuring conformity to standards.

  • Dry tobacco leaves

    Dry tobacco leaves to a precisely defined level of moisture according to product specifications. Drying takes place toward the end of the tobacco conditioning.

  • Stock tobacco products machines with materials

    Stock machine with materials for production of tobacco products. Take care to provide adequate quantities of paper, filters, glue, and other materials to achieve the daily production plan.

  • Perform sun-cured methods for tobacco

    Place tobacco in the sun uncovered to let it dry out naturally. Generally, oriental tobacco is low in sugar and nicotine and is very popular for cigarettes.

  • Assess the colour curing of tobacco leaves

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

  • Assess moisture levels in tobacco leaves

    Test tobacco leaves with an electric moisture meter to obtain moisture content.

  • Administer additives to tobacco

    Administer additives to tobacco, including flavouring. Use adequate quantities and equipment for these procedures, and take into account regulations for additives and other products in the tobacco.

  • Perform tobacco leaves conditioning

    Perform tobacco leaves conditioning. Process tobacco to ensure that it retains elasticity by passing it through a controlled environment at the right temperature and humidity levels.

  • 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 detailed tobacco manufacturing operations

    Perform precise tobacco manufacturing operations with great attention and detail to all steps in the creation of a qualitative product.

  • Be at ease in unsafe environments

    Be at ease in unsafe environments like being exposed to dust, rotating equipment, hot surfaces, sub-freezing and cold storage areas, noise, wet floors and moving lift equipment.

  • Sort tobacco leaves

    Sort tobacco leaves according to colour and condition. Select the leaves with the best specifications for rolling cigars and for quality assurance. Sort tobacco leaves for manufacturing of different products such as pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco.

  • Tend cigarette making machine

    Tend cigarette making machine assuring fluent operations and sufficient equipment of materials in the machine such as leaves, filters, and glue. Put the cut and conditioned tobacco, known as cut filler, it is wrapped in cigarette paper by machine to produce a 'continuous cigarette'. This is then cut to the appropriate length and the filter is added and wrapped to the cigarette rod with tipping paper.

  • Blend tobacco leaves

    Blend tobacco leaves by cutting, conditioning, and blending the leaves of tobacco before these are being wrapped in a cigar or cut for cigarettes.

  • Ensure sanitation

    Keep workspaces and equipment free from dirt, infection, and disease by removing waste, trash and providing for appropriate cleaning.

Optional knowledge and skills

lift heavy weights label samples liaise with colleagues act reliably liaise with managers impart training on general quality management supervision work in a food processing team perform services in a flexible manner keep machines oiled for steady functioning ensure compliance with environmental legislation in food production health, safety and hygiene legislation follow given instructions history of tobacco