Profession cigarette tester

Cigarette testers control cigarette input materials such as filters, tobacco leaves, shredded tobacco, and cellophane wrappers to ensure that products conform to company standards. They perform inspections in order to detect production imperfections such as loose ends, stems, defective glue lines, and inadequate filters. Then, they use their observations to feed back and improve the manufacturing process.

Would you like to know what kind of career and professions suit you best? Take our free Holland code career test and find out.

Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Statistics

    The study of statistical theory, methods and practices such as collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of data including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments in order to forecast and plan work-related activities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tobacco manufacturing regulations

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Assess nicotine levels in tobacco leaves

    Assess levels of nicotine in tobacco leaves by referring to the curing and fermentation methods of the tobacco, by using different tools and equipment for testing, and by relying on his/her experience in sensorial testing.

  • 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.

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • Assess moisture levels in tobacco leaves

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assess sugar levels in tobacco leaves

    Assess levels of sugar in tobacco leaves by referring to the curing and fermentation methods of the tobacco, by using different tools and equipment for testing, and by relying on your experience in sensorial testing.

  • Apply GMP

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

  • Perform test in cigarette-making machine

    Test a sample from cigarette-making machine for the weight of each cigarette.

  • Report test findings

    Report test results with a focus on findings and recommendations, differentiating results by levels of severity. Include relevant information from the test plan and outline the test methodologies, using metrics, tables, and visual methods to clarify where needed.

  • Grade tobacco leaves

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

  • Compute average weight of cigarettes

    Compute the average weight of cigarettes in a sample. Compare the obtained value with standard to determine deviations.

  • Determine shreds sizes percentage in cigarettes

    Weigh tobacco from a single cigarette sorted by shred size and determine percentage of each size using a conversion table.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform detailed tobacco manufacturing operations measure precise food processing operations liaise with managers write work-related reports maintain updated professional knowledge have computer literacy tobacco products analyse work-related written reports label samples apply numeracy skills liaise with colleagues