During dark, cold days, you don’t want it when you suddenly don’t have hot water or the heating doesn’t work. Fortunately, Marouan Abali (24) and his colleagues are standing by for you finished. They maintain and repair central heating boilers, so that you are warm, no matter how bad it is outside.

Marouan has been working as a maintenance engineer for four years now. SIMA Installation Technology . “That’s super fun work,” he says. “It gives a good feeling to leave somewhere, knowing that the central heating boiler is working properly. That is especially nice during the winter months.”

Not a bucket, but a laptop

His work consists of two pillars: maintenance and repair. “Maintenance is very different than in the past,” says the Leidschendammer. “Some people think you come in with a bucket and toolbox and spend hours tinkering. That image is no longer true. Of course you sometimes have to repair something, but a lot of inspection and maintenance work is done digitally. You connect your tablet to the central heating boiler and you can read all the information.”

Handy and pleasant harry

It is also just as important that you can give good advice. “You have to be able to answer all kinds of questions. For example, people want to know how long the central heating boiler will last and what they can do to make their home more energy efficient. For example with a new central heating boiler, heat pump or solar panels. You are a representative and mechanic in one. You have to be a handy Harry, but also a pleasant, thoughtful Harry.”

Cheering at the Christmas dinner

And if it does happen that the water is cold stays or that the heating does not start, Kevin and his colleagues are always there for you. Even on holidays. “I once repaired a central heating boiler during Boxing Day. When I entered, the whole family was sitting at the table with a coat on. Fortunately, the malfunction was fairly easy to fix. When the heating came on, I heard everyone going crazy downstairs. They went to Christmas dinner cheering. Then I left with a big smile.”

    Marouan with his colleague Sander. (Photo: SIMA Installatietechniek)

    Training and courses

    Nevertheless, the controlling function remains one of the most important aspects of his work. “Legislation is getting stricter and that’s a good thing, because people still die from carbon monoxide poisoning or fire. The cause is often an outdated, poorly maintained boiler. That is why we regularly receive training and courses. We visit manufacturers several times a year so that we are fully informed and know their devices inside out.”

    Enthusiastic men and women wanted!

    Kevin has about thirty fellow mechanics. You can be part of that team, because SIMA is looking for new maintenance and installation technicians. You do not need to have any knowledge or experience in this area. You can get paid internal training, where you will receive a good salary and a permanent contract from day one. Of course people with experience are also welcome.

    Kevin started that way too. “First I walked along for a day. That is no problem at SIMA. I was immediately enthusiastic and was allowed to do the internal training. That’s nice, because you don’t get thrown in at the deep end right away. You spend about a year with an experienced colleague and you learn all the tricks of the trade. The most important thing is your motivation and that you have a driver’s license, because you will eventually go out on your own.”

    Apply now!

    In other words, three top reasons to apply for a job at SIMA:

    • Varied, responsible work
    • Informal, collegial atmosphere

      The possibility to join us for up to three days without obligation to walk

      Internal training with good salary and permanent contract from the first day

    Enthusiastic? Contact Dahpne Hennink at

or 070-71797.


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