August 24, 2022 — Southwest Research Institute is seeking support from residents or visitors of countries worldwide to assist with an international oil sampling program. The selected individuals will be paid to purchase prequalified oil samples from retail stores and ship them to SwRI for the program. Prequalification occurs via email photo exchange.
Individuals will be required to buy four 1-quart or 1-liter containers, or one 1-gallon container, of specified brands of oil or Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) from retail locations. The individuals will then ship the samples to SwRI via DHL or FedEx. Participants will be paid for the cost of the oil container(s), the cost of shipping (typically pre-paid by SwRI), and a premium for each qualified gallon sample collected ($75 USD in Canada and Mexico, and $100 USD in the rest of world).
We are currently seeking participants from:
The Pacific Rim/Asia: Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, and New Zealand.
The Americas: Mexico, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama. In Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon.
The island nations: British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Greenland, Iceland, and Trinidad/Tobago.
Asia: Cambodia, India, Pakistan, and South Korea.
Europe: Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.
SwRI’s Petroleum Products Research Department has a long history of conducting sampling programs for oil and gas clients. Sampling is a quality assurance process that analyzes the condition and quality of oil, gas, or other automotive fluids to randomly assure the quality of consumer products.
Only individuals with no connections to SwRI oil manufacturing clients will be considered to support the program. For more information, visit Lubricant Testing or contact Janet Barker at +1 210 522 6924.