The main task of mechanical engineering is to organize the production of a range of machines to meet the needs of all industries. These are power, transport, lifting and transport units, agricultural machinery, construction industry, etc. Among them, one can single out devices in which the relative movement of their parts is assigned, that is, kinematic pairs are included in the calculation models. The real operating conditions of machines are varied, but most often they are associated with periodic starts-stops, which determines the relevance of the study of unsteady modes. The analysis of the operation of such models becomes more complicated. For successful design results, mathematical modeling of individual processes in mechanisms is carried out. One of the first calculations is dynamic. Modern, available CAD / CAE systems for modeling and analysis provide automation capabilities, building more realistic design models. The paper discusses the approbation of the use of CAD for modeling the dynamics of a jib crane with a set of four units: platform, boom, sleeve and rod. The developed model is combined: the platform and the sleeve correspond to the kinetostatic model, and the boom and rod are elastic. The crane is designed to perform lifting operations in a vertical plane, with the possibility of relative movement in 3 rotational and one translational kinematic pairs. The performed calculations of the static, modal and dynamic analyzes of the links of the mechanism confirm the adequacy of their models. Among them is the task of instantaneous load application, which is typical for the "lifting and picking" operating mode of crane lifting mechanisms. The deformation of the entire structure in one of the boom positions is also considered. The determination of the reaction forces in the hydraulic cylinder provides important information for the selection of the power unit.