Profession curing room worker
Curing room workers assist in the blending, aging, and fermenting of tobacco strips and stems for the production of cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff.
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- Realistic / Conventional
- 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.
- 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.
- Variety of tobacco leaves
Types of tobacco cultivars and varieties and their characteristics. Connection of attributes with cigar or cigarettes product requirements.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply HACCP
Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).
- 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.
- Cut tobacco leaves
Cut leaves into fine strands using the adequate equipment before drying. Ensure that cutting sizes are according to requirements.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply GMP
Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
- 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.
- Follow production schedule
Follow production schedule taking into account all requirements, times and needs. This schedule outlines what individual commodities must be produced in each time period and encapsulates various concerns like production, staffing, inventory, etc. It is usually linked to manufacturing where the plan indicates when and how much of each product will be demanded. Utilise all the information in the actual implementation of the plan.
- 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.
- Perform pre-blending of tobacco leaves
Pre-blend tobacco leaves to ensure a balanced mix of different types of tobacco in one hand.
- 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.
- Assess the colour curing of tobacco leaves
Assess colour curing of tobacco leaves to determine the stage of curing and aging of the leaf.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tie tobacco leaves in hands
Tie tobacco leaves in a bundle called a hand taking care that each hand contain an equal quantity, calculate weight of the hand and safe tie procedure, and prepare hands before curing or inspection processes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ensure health, safety and security measures
Take responsibility for health, safety and security measures in the workplace including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate. Apply health and safety standards. Adhere strictly to the site safety rules and systems and equipment operational procedures.
- 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.