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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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Apply GMP

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

  • 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 HACCP

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 pre-blending of tobacco leaves

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cut tobacco leaves

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Flavour tobacco leaves

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

Optional knowledge and skills

monitor processing conditions liaise with colleagues tobacco products carry out environmental audits follow hygienic procedures during food processing act reliably liaise with managers perform cleaning duties perform services in a flexible manner work in a food processing team carry out checks of production plant equipment