Press operator - Salary and Career
Cigarettes and Smokers

Press operator - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They buy tobacco, interpreting classification ordinances, identifying types and classes of tobacco, checking for impurities and negotiating quality with the producer. They classify tobacco, estimating the quality and quantity of the crop, interpreting classification patterns, distinguishing types and making samples. They ferment tobacco husks, identifying classes, assembling and dismantling stacks, monitoring stack temperatures, packing container hulls and transporting them to stock. They prepare the blend, evaluating stocks, identifying, controlling percentages and programming tobacco classes, preparing blend samples and demonstrating them to customers. They process and monitor beneficiation processes and store tobacco. They help in the maintenance and installation of machines and equipment for the processing of tobacco. They work following standards of hygiene, safety at work, quality and environmental preservation.

How much does an Press operator earn

A Press operator earns between $1.213 and $2.179 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.395 and a median salary of $1.389 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 3.447 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Press operator

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.395 16.742 349 6
1º Quartile 1.213 14.552 303 6
Median Salary 1.389 16.667 347 6
3º Quartile 1.662 19.941 415 8
Higher Salary 2.179 26.147 545 10

Professional job categories

  • Workers in the production of industrial goods and services
    • food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing workers
      • operators in tobacco preparation and manufacture of cigars and cigarettes
        • cigarettes and smokers

Related Positions:

Main workplaces

Cigarettes and Smokers they work in the colonies for the preparation and treatment of raw tobacco or in the manufacturing industries that thresh, fragment and prepare the tobacco for cigarette and cigarillo factories. They are employees with a formal contract. The holders work as a team, under occasional supervision, the assistants work individually under permanent supervision. In the off-season, they can develop equipment maintenance activities.

What does it take to work in the field of Cigarettes and Smokers

In order to work as a tobacco processor, incomplete secondary education and a basic professional qualification course with up to two hundred class hours are required. The full performance of activities takes between three and four years of professional experience. For the tobacco processing assistant, basic education and professional practice on the job are required. In this case, the full performance of the activities is achieved with approximately one year of experience.

Functions and activities of Press operator

Cigarettes and Smokers must:

  • preparing essences and molasses;
  • produce shredded smoke;
  • dismantling cigarettes;
  • process smoke;
  • cigarette dismantle;
  • classify smoke;
  • rate smoke;
  • fermentar smoke manocas;
  • participate in administrative and operational processes;
  • operate machines;
  • ferment smoke handles;
  • class smoke;
  • scrap cigarettes;
  • prepare essences and molasses;
  • cigarette breaker;
  • prepare blend;
  • fermenting smoke handles;
  • ferment smoke barrels;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • process tobacco;
  • dismantle cigarettes;
  • cigarette breaking;
  • reconstitute smoke;
  • work safely;
  • produce shredded tobacco;
  • fermentar manocas de fumo;
  • produce shredded smoke;

  • Activities

    • demonstrate olfactory accuracy;
    • collect cigarettes and filters on the sample conveyor;
    • clean up machines, equipment and environments;
    • issue production reports;
    • fill in the machine's production sheet;
    • fill machine with shredder waste;
    • get classes from stock for race composition;
    • assist in the administrative control of personnel;
    • check expiration date of products;
    • demonstrate initiative;
    • demonstrate concentration;
    • control percentages of smoke class compositions;
    • demonstrate proactivity;
    • cut smoke;
    • adjust drying equipment;
    • toast smoke;
    • store tobacco in boxes or bags;
    • demonstrate analytical skills;
    • weighing products for the preparation of essences and molasses;
    • unstick tobacco sheets (manual unleash);
    • identify training needs;
    • overcoming adverse situations;
    • evaluate tobacco stock;
    • demonstrate tactile sensitivity;
    • check balance calibration;
    • weigh smoke container;
    • weighing waste from cigarette machines;
    • work as a team;
    • separating products for the preparation of essences and molasses;
    • identify raw material for reconstitution of tobacco;
    • check blend with client;
    • collect samples of molasses and essences;
    • separating tobacco from paper and filter;
    • package manocas in containers;
    • adjust equipment of the mechanical stripping line;
    • weighing waste (dust, tobacco and papers);
    • remove smoke sample for analysis;
    • schedule run of the composition of tobacco classes;
    • pack essences and molasses;
    • check achievement of production targets;
    • monitor smoke barrels stack temperature;
    • supply machines with raw material;
    • select cigarette waste by blending;
    • regular press;
    • transport tobacco to production line;
    • performing minor repairs to machines;
    • isolate hazardous areas;
    • order spare parts for machinery and equipment;
    • record product quality data;
    • estimate tobacco crop quality;
    • visually inspect cigarettes, filters and wallets;
    • control traceability of raw materials;
    • check raw material;
    • check tobacco characteristics (texture, color, maturity, humidity, etc);
    • operate computer systems;
    • demonstrate flexibility;
    • feed smoke machine;
    • change consumable machine components;
    • identify reconstituted smoke classes;
    • recondition the smoke;
    • control raw material traceability;
    • expand smoke;
    • issue tags of molasses and essences;
    • supply tobacco production line;
    • check producer labels;
    • build stacks of tobacco handles;
    • negotiate tobacco classes with producers;
    • use personal and collective protective equipment (epi and epc);
    • separate smoke classes;
    • participate in the selection process of temporary workers;
    • prepare samples of blend for customers;
    • train co-workers;
    • demonstrate manual dexterity;
    • apply molasses;
    • participate in safety training at work;
    • separate cigarette waste and wallets;
    • demonstrate versatility;
    • dry smoke;
    • check machine operation;
    • pack raw tobacco in containers;
    • store essences and molasses;
    • apply essences;
    • pack processed tobacco on pallets;
    • monitor specifications of processed tobacco (blade and stalk);
    • assembling stacks of tobacco handles;
    • distribute smoke in silos for homogenization of the mixture;
    • assist in the maintenance of machinery and equipment;
    • demonstrate decision agility;
    • monitor the performance of tasks;
    • participate in preventive dialogues about safety at work;
    • pack filters in tanks;
    • interpret formula;
    • control temperature and steam of equipment;
    • issue processed smoke identification tag;
    • apply binder products;
    • demonstrate visual acuity;
    • dismantle stacks of tobacco handles;
    • check smoke impurities;
    • transport containers for stock;
    • control cigarette, filter and wallet production statistics;
    • detect machine and equipment defects;
    • prepare smoke blend;
    • feed the cutting machines with smoke;
    • communicate risks of accidents and incidents at work;
    • make smoke samples;
    • identify types and classes of smoke;
    • mix raw material for tobacco reconstitution;
    • mixing products for the preparation of essences and molasses;
    • request replacement of products for the preparation of essences and molasses;

    Sectors that hire Press operator the most in the job market

    • industrial tobacco processing
    • temporary labor lease
    • specialized wholesaler in other intermediate products
    • cleaning in buildings and households
    • unprocessed leaf tobacco wholesale
    • wholesale of waste paper and cardboard
    • cleaning activities
    • manufacture of other tobacco products
    • wholesale of metallic waste and scrap
    • post-harvest activities

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