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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9461b Occupation: Tobacco processing machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Tobacco processing machine operators operate machines to prepare and treat raw tobacco leaves or to produce and package tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigars. They are employed in leaf tobacco processing and tobacco products plants. Tobacco processing machine operators operate machines to prepare and treat raw tobacco leaves or to produce and package tobacco products such as cigarettes and cigars. They are employed in leaf tobacco processing and tobacco products plants.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read notes from repairers, indicating modifications made to the machines. (1)
  • Read memos from the company, outlining changes in raw materials and how they affect jobs. (2)
  • Read quarterly newsletters, detailing machine production and downtime, rates of product rejection and sales for each brand. The newsletters also deal with management changes and new machinery in the plant. (2)
  • Read sheets from the previous shift outlining tasks to be done and problems which occurred earlier. (2)
  • Read lists and reports regarding quality, production problems and solutions. (2)
  • Refer to machine operating manuals and computer manuals to troubleshoot problems. (3)
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  • Write notes to partners to inform them of machine malfunctions or production amounts. (1)
  • Write reminder notes when adjusting machine settings or changing brands. (1)
  • Record each brand of cigarette processed, the amount of tobacco used, the number of cigarettes produced and the size of cigarettes tested. (1)
  • Fill in machine productivity forms which indicate how long machines have been out of operation or how breakdowns happened. (1)
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Document Use
  • Read forms outlining the number of containers to fill per day. (1)
  • Read the air-tightness indicator on cigarette testing machines. (1)
  • Consult the production sheet indicating the code, date, weight and type of paper for each brand of cigarettes. (2)
  • Read charts and tables in company newsletters outlining rates of production rejection. (2)
  • Consult a table indicating major faults encountered for each cigarette type. (2)
  • Refer to standard cigarette weight charts, indicating amounts of tobacco needed and proper circumferences of cigarettes. (2)
  • Read and verify way bills when receiving supplies. (2)
  • Read instruction labels on cleaning supplies and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (2)
  • Refer to pictures of acceptable materials and products to maintain quality control. (2)
  • Read diagrams on machines to resolve machine jams and refer to diagrams which illustrate how to wind the paper for cigarette wrappings. (2)
  • Complete forms each time the production process is switched to a different brand of cigarette. (2)
  • Monitor computer printouts to make necessary corrections to computer controlled machines. (2)
  • Complete quality charts, such as plotting weights on graphs and filling in information about brands and target values. (3)
  • Refer to schematic drawings on machines indicating how various commodities should be threaded through the system. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-assisted design, manufacture or machining. For example, take readings from computerized control units regulating overall production modules in a computer assisted manufacturing (CAM) application; adjust settings on machines as advised by computer printouts or locate machine breakdowns using a computerized console. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak with co-workers to discuss machine problems and production levels. (1)
  • Listen for pages on public announcement systems and listen to machines to ensure they are functioning properly. (1)
  • Receive instructions from supervisors, such as when to change tobacco brands. (1)
  • Instruct partners when adjusting machines. (1)
  • Use public announcement systems to get help when there are problems with machines. (1)
  • Participate in meetings concerning production and quality control. (2)
  • Talk to sales representatives when testing new materials. (2)
  • Speak with mechanics when machines break down. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors about work progress. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure weights and lengths of cigarettes, comparing them with product quality standard charts. (1)
  • Monitor production counters, calculating how many products will be required to fill remaining orders. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Plot and read quality graphs showing such information as weight of the product and speed of production, to keep within predefined limits. (1)
  • Calculate the average weight of cigarettes across a number of production runs. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the number of packages that can be produced in one hour if machines operate properly. (1)
  • Estimate how much longer a production run will take so that brands can be changed when requested. Consider how well and for how long the machines have been running. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Tobacco processing machine operators plan and organize their tasks according to the needs of the production line and customer demands. They may receive their work plans from supervisors or prioritize work themselves. Daily activities tend to be repetitive; yet there are occasional changes, such as being called to work on other machines. Interruptions, such as machines breaking down, may require work activities to be re-scheduled. Work activities are co-ordinated with other machine operators. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Make quality control decisions, such as whether to pass products or call them back to be reworked. Such decisions are made many times a day based on clearly defined criteria. (1)
  • Decide whether to increase or decrease humidity in tobacco. (2)
  • Decide when to change brands on machines, taking into consideration which rod filters are needed on the floor, how long machine setups will take, which materials are available and what to do with products currently in the machines. (2)
  • Decide whether to stop using machines which are malfunctioning, taking into account the impact on production. (2)
  • Decide how to fix production problems to assure the quality of the product. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Cigarette prints, poly and foil are not centred or lined up to meet quality standards. Raise or lower the packs of cigarettes and turn knobs until centring is achieved. (1)
  • Machinery malfunctions have occurred which has caused paper jams or filter wrinkles. Adjust machine settings or call in machinists or supervisors to solve the problem. (2)
  • The weight of a cigarette shipment exceeds the control weight which has been specified. If the load weighs too much, call for assistance in analysing the source of the problem. (2)
  • A foreign body, such as a piece of metal, has been discovered in the tobacco. Use metal detectors to identify this problem and to probe for further pieces which may be in the tobacco. (2)
  • Filter papers emerge from the machine with wrinkles. To solve the problem, double check five or six places in the machine, some of which are awkward to access, using exacting safety precautions. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Check charts to determine which machine operators are processing which brands. (1)
  • Seek expertise of forepersons to make quality control decisions. (1)
  • Use a computer to look up information about products which are not processed often. (2)
  • Refer to machine operating manuals to determine reasons for problems. (2)
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