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Central heating engineer

Central heating technicians play a crucial role in maintaining and repairing heating systems. Read all about the profession, training and job opportunities.

What is a central heating engineer?

A central heating engineer is a specialist in heating systems. They are responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing different types of heating systems, such as central heating, boilers and radiators. They have extensive knowledge of heating technology and are able to solve problems and provide efficient solutions.

What does a central heating engineer do?

As a central heating engineer, you will have various duties and responsibilities related to heating systems. Some of the key tasks include:

Installation of heating systems
Central heating engineers are responsible for installing new heating systems in homes, offices and other buildings. They ensure that all components are placed and connected correctly, such as boilers, radiators, pipes and thermostats.

Maintenance and repair
An important part of a heating engineer’s job is to perform regular maintenance on heating systems. They check the operation of boilers, clean and bleed radiators, check pressure levels and check for any leaks. They also make repairs when breakdowns or failures occur.

If a heating system is not working properly or has a malfunction, it is up to the heating engineer to diagnose and fix the problem. They use their technical knowledge and skills to identify the cause of the malfunction and make the necessary repairs.

Giving advice
Heating engineers provide customers with advice regarding heating systems. They can provide information on energy-efficient options, optimizing system performance and saving energy costs. They also answer customer questions and provide solutions to specific needs.

Did you know that a well-maintained boiler can reduce energy costs by 20%?

Central heating engineer salary

What a heating engineer earns can vary, depending on several factors such as experience, certification and the region in which you work. In general, this is what you can earn:

  • A junior earns €1,600 to €2,000 gross per month
  • A medior earns €2,000 to €2,500 gross per month
  • A senior earns €2,500 to €3,000 gross per month

As you gain more experience and improve your skills, you can expect a higher salary.

Freelance central heating mechanic

A freelance central heating mechanic is a professional in the heating and cooling industry who is self-employed. This means they run their own business and offer their services to individuals, businesses and organizations without being employed by a specific company.

As self-employed, ZZP CV mechanics have the flexibility to manage their own schedules and take on projects based on their availability and expertise. They are themselves responsible for arranging sufficient assignments and their operations. ZZP mechanics are regularly hired by companies when extra staff is needed temporarily.

ZZP central heating mechanic salary

In general, the hourly rate for a ZZP CV mechanic can be anywhere from €30 to €60 per hour. This rate may vary due to experience, specialization and type of project. This is a gross rate though, because as a self-employed person, you still have to deduct tax, insurance and business expenses from this.

How do you become a CV mechanic?

To become a central heating mechanic, it is important to have a relevant education, such as an MBO degree in installation technology. This course provides the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge on heating systems, air conditioning, and other HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) related topics.

In addition, experience is important in this field. You gain experience by completing an internship with a licensed installation company. If you take a BBL course, you will work 4 days and go to school 1 day. You then have more practice than theory. Obtaining relevant certifications, such as STEK or F-Gases, can improve your chances of getting a job as a heating engineer.

Installation technology develops quickly, so it is good to stay up to date with the latest technologies and safety regulations in the industry as a central heating engineer. Building a network in the industry can help you find opportunities and develop your CV mechanic career.

Future Prospect

Opportunities for central heating mechanics in the future certainly exist. The growing demand for HVAC systems, especially with an emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability, provides opportunities for installation and maintenance. Moreover, the aging of experienced mechanics will lead to vacancies for new generations. Technological advances and the demand for green solutions also provide opportunities for mechanics who continue to retrain.

The challenges for central heating mechanics in the future are there, too. The industry is evolving rapidly, and keeping up with new systems and regulations can be challenging. One change is the shift from traditional central heating boilers to more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as heat pumps. This requires adaptation and continuing education to understand and install these new systems. In addition, competition can be fierce in some areas, requiring mechanics who deliver quality and are customer-friendly.

Advancement opportunities to heat pump technician

As a central heating mechanic, you have a solid foundation in heating systems and technical skills. An interesting opportunity to further develop your career is to grow into the role of Heat Pump Technician. With the growing demand for sustainable heating solutions, such as heat pumps, this switch presents new opportunities and challenges. Did you know that at Jobxion we also have training for heat pump mechanic?

Temporary employment agency for central heating mechanics

We are an employment agency also specializing in central heating mechanics. As a staffing agency, we will take your needs into account and find a suitable project for you. We provide everything you need and you provide craftsmanship. This is how we help the customer together. We also have work for you as a ZZP CV mechanic. We make sure that your assignments are well matched and handle billing. So you can do what you do best: install and maintain central heating boilers.

Benefits working as a central heating mechanic with Jobxion

Working with Jobxion has benefits for you as a CV mechanic. We list them:

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Frequently asked questions about central heating engineer

The daily duties of a central heating mechanic include installing, maintaining, and repairing heating, air conditioning, and other HVAC-related systems.

What a heating engineer earns can vary, depending on several factors such as experience, certification and the region in which you work. In general, this is what you can earn:

  • A junior earns €1,600 to €2,000 gross per month
  • A medior earns €2,000 to €2,500 gross per month
  • A senior earns €2,500 to €3,000 gross per month

Becoming a central heating mechanic usually requires a completed education in installation technology at the mbo level. 

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